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The Deep

[the Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss]
(Book - 2007 )
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On dry land, most organisms are confined to the surface, or at most to altitudes of a hundred meters--the height of the tallest trees. In the oceans, though, living space has both vertical and horizontal dimensions: with an average depth of 3800 meters, the oceans offer 99% of the space on Earth where life can develop. And the deep sea, which has been immersed in total darkness since the dawn of time, occupies 85% of ocean space, forming the planet's largest habitat. Yet these depths abound with mystery. The deep sea is mostly uncharted--only about 5 percent of the seafloor has been mapped with any reasonable degree of detail--and we know very little about the creatures that call it home. Current estimates about the number of species yet to be found vary between ten and thirty million. The deep sea no longer has anything to prove; it is without doubt Earth's largest reservoir of life. Combining the latest scientific discoveries with astonishing color imagery, The Deep takes readers on a voyage into the darkest realms of the ocean. Revealing nature's oddest and most mesmerizing creatures in crystalline detail, The Deep features more than two hundred color photographs of terrifying sea monsters, living fossils, and ethereal bioluminescent creatures, some photographed here for the very first time. Accompanying these breathtaking photographs are contributions from some of the world's most respected researchers that examine the biology of deep-sea organisms, the ecology of deep-sea habitats, and the history of deep-sea exploration. An unforgettable visual and scientific tour of the teeming abyss, The Deep celebrates the incredible diversity of life on Earth and will captivate anyone intrigued by the unseen--and unimaginable--creatures of the deep sea.
Title: The deep
[the extraordinary creatures of the abyss]
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007
Characteristics: 252 p. :,col. ill. ;,31 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Claire Nouvian [editor]
Notes: Subtitle from jacket
Contents: The exploration of the deep / Cindy Lee Van Dover
Midwater life : survival in a harsh environment / George I. Matsumoto
A Chinese shadow theater
The nocturnal ballet of deep-sea creatures / Marsh Youngbluth
Living lights in the sea / Edith Widder
Evolution caught red-handed
Gelatinous but voracious predators / Laurence Madin
From myth to reality : monsters of the deep / Clyde Roper
Are deep-sea animals living fossils? / Robert C. Vrijenhoek
The vampire squid from hell
The deep seafloor : a desert devoid of life? / Craig M. Young
The polar depths / Michael Klages
The Monterey Canyon / Gary Greene
Sharks of the dark
Seamounts : Galápagos of the deep / J. Anthony Koslow
Deepwater coral reefs : out of sight, out of mind
Hydrothermal vents / Daniel Desbruyères
Gas promotes mass : methane seeps / Lisa Levin
A whale's end is the beginning of life at the deep seafloor / Craig R. Smith
Deep trenches : the ultimate abysses / Kantaro Fujioka and Dhugal Lindsay
Additional Contributors: Nouvian, Claire
ISBN: 0226595668
9780226595665
Branch Call Number: 591.77 D3115 2007
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 251) and index
Subject Headings: Deep-sea animals Pictorial works Deep-sea ecology Deep-sea animals
Topical Term: Deep-sea animals
Deep-sea ecology
Deep-sea animals
LCCN: 2006026921
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Life reconfigures itself in myriad, exuberant, and often bioluminescent forms in this look at the creatures of the deep sea.


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Jun 03, 2012
  • bulladius rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I've watched the Blue Planet BBC series and I love their 'The Deep' (i think that's what it's called) episode. It was stunning! This book shows even more about the strange world that few people have visited. The creatures look like their from another planet.

Sep 15, 2011
  • mombrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Simply wow! Everyone will be interested (and sometimes grossed out) by these amazing photos of the deep sea's strangest creatues.

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