The Deep

The Deep

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. 

Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007.
ISBN: 9780226595665
0226595668
Call Number: 591.77 NOUVIAN
Characteristics: 252 p. : col. ill. ; 32 cm
Subjects: Deep-sea animals -- Pictorial works.
Deep-sea ecology.
Deep-sea animals.

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Jim_the_Eagle
Jan 28, 2015

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

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Bulladius_Sirus
Jun 03, 2012

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.

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mombrarian
Sep 15, 2011

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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kalio
Mar 01, 2011

Okay, so maybe whales never meet the sea monsters that swell in The Deep. Thousands of meters below the ocean?s surface, far from the sun-kissed waves, down where light cannot reach and where the water pressure is thousands of pounds per inch, there is life?weird, bizarre, uncanny life. Translucent jellyfish abound in seas across the globe. Every other fish lights up the dark water with bioluminescent headlight-eyes. Anglerfish prowl the deep with dangling glow-in-the-dark tentacles to lure prey straight into their big-toothed jaws. And everything has a fantastic name, as if the scientists who discovered these creatures just couldn?t resist the strangeness of it all. So get ready to meet googly-eyed glass squid, fanfin seadevils, elephant fish chimaeras, and naked sea butterflies in all their glory as you pour over the amazing colored photographs that make up The Deep.

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Jim_the_Eagle
Jan 28, 2015

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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