The Deep

[the Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss]

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Deep
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.

Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007
ISBN: 0226595668
Branch Call Number: 591.77 D3115 2007
Characteristics: 252 p. :,col. ill. ;,31 cm
Additional Contributors: Nouvian, Claire


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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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Jan 28, 2015
  • Jim_the_Eagle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing photos of the creatures of the deep. Photos of creatures that defy imagination!
The photos in this book strike awe into me!

Jun 03, 2012
  • Bulladius_Sirus 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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Jan 28, 2015
  • Jim_the_Eagle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is devided into two main parts. Each part is devided into smaller chapters. Each chapter has a few pages at the start with an article by leading Oceanographers, followed by page after page of wonderous photos of deep sea creatures.


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