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Description - Smithsonian Ocean by Deborah Cramer

"Smithsonian Ocean" was commissioned especially for the Museum but it is much more than a companion volume. Deborah Cramer, one of the country's most celebrated science writers (frequently compared to Rachel Carson) has written an engaging and perspective-changing history of the ocean. Her text is gorgeously illustrated. For more than three and a half billion years, the ocean has been Earth's lifeline. Life was spawned in the sea. The ocean sheltered Earth's first plants and animals, and created an environment where walking fish could come ashore. Climate changes wrought by the sea created evolutionary pathways for mammals, and gave rise to our human ancestors. The sea still sustains us.Rushing currents supply water to the atmosphere's protective greenhouse (without which the planet would freeze) and send rain to dry land, making our lives possible. Ever since the first rain fell to fill the first sea, opening and closing oceans have been essential to life on Earth. Yet, even as we are realizing how vast the sea's realm, how complex and wondrous its workings, how rich and diverse its inhabitants - with discovery upon discovery unpredicted and unimagined - we are redesigning it. The UN's fourth Global Environment Report-the global community's leading environmental assessment study released this month - makes the urgency shockingly clear: 'A sixth major extinction is under way, this time caused not by natural disasters but by human population growth and consumption patterns. It is urgent to enhance our scientific understanding of the potential tipping points beyond which reversibility is not assured.'

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780061343834
ISBN-10: 0061343838
Format: Hardback
(279mm x 229mm x mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Collins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Publish Date: 7-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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