- By Deborah Cramer

Great Waters: An Atlantic Passage

  • Title: Great Waters: An Atlantic Passage
  • Author: Deborah Cramer
  • ISBN: 9780393323344
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • Great Waters An Atlantic Passage A remarkable scientific meditation on and spiritual exploration of one of our least appreciated natural resources the Atlantic Ocean Not since Rachel Carson has a writer been able to give voice so com

    A remarkable scientific meditation on and spiritual exploration of one of our least appreciated natural resources the Atlantic Ocean Not since Rachel Carson has a writer been able to give voice so compellingly to the ocean its mythic history and its precarious future In the course of an ocean voyage, Deborah Cramer weaves the details of the history and science of the AtlA remarkable scientific meditation on and spiritual exploration of one of our least appreciated natural resources the Atlantic Ocean Not since Rachel Carson has a writer been able to give voice so compellingly to the ocean its mythic history and its precarious future In the course of an ocean voyage, Deborah Cramer weaves the details of the history and science of the Atlantic into a brilliant tapestry that documents our many faceted reliance on the sea, our betrayal of that bond, the changing landscape of the ocean floor, and the threatened life of its inhabitants Bringing together the scientific research of physical oceanographers, geologists, biologists, and chemists from both sides of the Atlantic, Cramer presents a devastating report of the environmental damage inflicted on these waters From the decks of her sailing vessel she describes with vivid passion the intricate and fragile web of marine life, the visible disappearance of schools of fish plundered by the competitive fishing industry, and the changing rhythms of the Atlantic from the rough, chilly Gulf of Maine to the calm, weedy currents of the Sargasso Sea If you ve ever walked the shores of this great oceanwondering what lay beyond this fine book will let you know Bill McKibben, author of Long Distance A Year of Living Strenuously Cramerhas written powerfully of the threats to its continuing productivity William K Reilly, Chairman, World Wildlife Fund A vital and eloquent narrative, biblical in scope eye opener Peter Davison, author of Breathing Room H ugely satisfying.Not since Rachel Carson has there been such an intimate portrait of a whole sea Jennifer Ackerman, author of Chance in the House of Fate A Natural History of Heredity A beautifully written portrait of an essential treasure Paul R Epstein, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School

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    1. "An Atlantic tide pool is a piece of the ocean, left by the receding sea. Small, its breadth within reach, I can walk its perimeter, see clearly into its depths" From this tide pool, Deborah Cramer journey encompasses the ebb and flow from the rocky coast of Newfoundland and Gulf of Maine to vast reaches of the Sargasso. As Cramer explores and embraces her epic subject scientifically, she poetically weaves together the complex themes of watery life, formative time, ceaseless motion. I purchased [...]

    2. This was probably the best science writing I've ever read. Cramer's descriptions of the Atlantic Ocean were amazingly comprehensive, smoothly flowing from its ecosystems to general circulation to geological formation to human impact . . . and more. She obviously did extensive research and put a lot of thought in how she weaved together the many strands of details. It was at times breath-taking and sobering. The book was also personally interesting because the author went to sea on a ship I've sa [...]

    3. I confess I haven't finished this. I think the science is there but the writing style is too breathless for me to grasp. Early on the author redefines 'passage' so we know what she means and dispenses with the definite article 'the' in referring to the Atlantic; for her whales swim in Atlantic. I may complete it- maybe not.

    4. Excellent in depth study of Atlantic ocean ecology. Deborah Cramer covers everything from bacteria and viruses to plate tectonics. Not an in depth study of any individual component but a broad sweep of the Atlantic environment and our impact. An incredible read!

    5. I am not quite the audience for this book, but I think, for the right reader--one with little scientific background but with interest in the oceans--this is a very fine choice. Approachable, lyrically written, and a very good introduction to the issues facing our backyard ocean today.

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