Smithsonian Ocean

Our Water, Our World

Author: Deborah Cramer

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061343838

Category: Science

Page: 296

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Nobel Prize winner Al Gore wrote of Deborah Cramer's previous book Great Waters, "I urge everyone to read this book, to act on its message, and to pass on its teachings." Now Cramer offers a groundbreaking book for an even more urgent time. Our lives depend on the sea. As gifted science writer Deborah Cramer makes clear in this extraordinary volume, the ocean has been earth's lifeline for more than three and a half billion years. Life began in the scalding inferno of deep-sea hot springs. The first cell, the first plant, and the first animal were all born in the sea. Climate changes wrought by the sea created evolutionary pathways for mammals and gave rise to our human ancestors some 200,000 years ago. The one, interconnected sea still sustains us. Invisible plants in the ocean's sunlit surface give us air to breathe. Rushing currents supply water to the atmosphere's protective greenhouse and rain to dry land. But as Cramer reveals in this sweeping look at earth's biography, the vital partnership between earth and the life it nourishes has recently been disrupted. Today, a single terrestrial species, man, has begun to alter the health of the sea itself. The mark of humans on the seas is now everywhere—from the fertile waters of continental shelves to the icy reaches of the poles, from the dazzling diversity of coral reefs to the porous edge of estuaries. Even the open ocean bears clear traces of our harmful ways. Scientists believe human impact may have already sparked a catastrophic event that could change the sea and the earth irrevocably: the sixth mass planetary extinction on a scale unseen since the demise of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. But unlike the forces that caused previous extinctions, humankind can make a choice. We can choose the mark we wish to make and the legacy we leave behind. Written in the passionate tradition of Rachel Carson, Smithsonian Ocean is at once a book for our time and for the ages. Carson wrote: "One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself: What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?" Cramer's powerful and inspiring message is equally a wake-up call: "We hold earth's life-giving waters—and our future—in our hands." Our lives depend on the sea.

Smithsonian Ocean

Our Water, Our World

Author: Deborah Cramer

Publisher: Smithsonian

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 295

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The author of Great Waters: An Atlantic Passage identifies a living partnership between the earth and its life, explaining the comparatively new responsibility of human beings in protecting the sea in order to safeguard climate and environmental interests. 30,000 first printing.

Smithsonian Ocean Life Mini Books

Author: Vincent Douglas,School Specialty Publishing,School Specialty Publishing Staff,Carson-Dellosa Publishing,Carson-Dellosa Publishing Staff

Publisher: Carson-Dellosa Pub Llc

ISBN: 9781588454393

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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Each of these libraries of six delightful titles was created especially to help children understand and appreciate the beauty of the natural world. Each book, which has been written and illustrated by award-winning authors and artists, tells the story of an animal in its natural environment. Accurate in detail and rich in storytelling tradition, these books are perfect for giving and collecting. Authenticated by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Citizens of the Sea

Wonderous Creatures from the Census of Marine Life

Author: Nancy Knowlton

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 9781426206436

Category: Nature

Page: 209

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"The incredible variety of marine life--in numbers, body form, behavior, and more--is at the heart of Citizens of the Sea, an irresistible plunge into the surprising world beneath the waves."-from inside cover.

The Ocean of Life

The Fate of Man and the Sea

Author: Callum Roberts

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101583568

Category: Science

Page: 432

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A Silent Spring for oceans, written by "the Rachel Carson of the fish world" (The New York Times) Who can forget the sense of wonder with which they discovered the creatures of the deep? In this vibrant hymn to the sea, Callum Roberts—one of the world’s foremost conservation biologists—leads readers on a fascinating tour of mankind’s relationship to the sea, from the earliest traces of water on earth to the oceans as we know them today. In the process, Roberts looks at how the taming of the oceans has shaped human civilization and affected marine life. We have always been fish eaters, from the dawn of civilization, but in the last twenty years we have transformed the oceans beyond recognition. Putting our exploitation of the seas into historical context, Roberts offers a devastating account of the impact of modern fishing techniques, pollution, and climate change, and reveals what it would take to steer the right course while there is still time. Like Four Fish and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, The Ocean of Life takes a long view to tell a story in which each one of us has a role to play.

How to Draw Incredible Ocean Animals

Author: Kristen McCurry,Jared Osterhold

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 142969940X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

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"Provides information and step-by-step drawing instructions for 30 ocean animals"--Provided by publisher.

Great Waters

An Atlantic Passage

Author: Deborah Cramer

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393323344

Category: Nature

Page: 442

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A history and environmental analysis of the Atlantic Ocean offers a look at human reliance on the sea, the ecological damage inflicted by humans, the changing face of the ocean floor, and the threatened existences of its inhabitants.

Giant Squid

Searching for a Sea Monster

Author: Mary M. Cerullo,Clyde F. E. Roper

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 1429675411

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

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"Describes the science of the giant squid and the challenges in finding and learning about this cephalopod"--

A Walk by the Ocean (Smithsonian): Wheels of Wonder Book

Author: Jaye Garnett

Publisher: Wheels of Wonder

ISBN: 9781680522372

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 10

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Curious toddlers and preschoolers will learn fun facts in this Smithsonian Kids book about dolphins, whales, sea turtles, sharks, and the fascinating creatures that live in the dark depths of the deep sea. Every page features an engaging "spinning wheel" that when turned by your little one builds fine motor skills and introduces additional sea creatures in the viewing window. The sturdy board pages and built-in handle are just right for little hands and the beautiful, detailed illustrations will engage, entertain, and educate your little one. Explore the oceans of the world! Learn ocean fun facts and vocabulary words. Discover amazing sea creatures. Curiosity helps kids shine!

Alphabet of Ocean Animals

Author: Laura G. Galvin

Publisher: Palm Publishing

ISBN: 9781607272984

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 40

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Children will take a trip into the deep blue sea, exploring the exciting and mysterious world of oceanic animals. With fun rhymes, interesting facts and great illustrations, this Alphabet book is sure to keep your child interested from A to Z. Reviewed by experts at the Smithsonian Institution for accuracy, Alphabet of Ocean Animals includes a sing-along audiobook CD and a tear-out poster featuring every oceanic animal covered in the book.

The Unnatural History of the Sea

Author: Callum Roberts

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9781597261616

Category: History

Page: 456

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Humanity can make short work of the oceans’ creatures. In 1741, hungry explorers discovered herds of Steller’s sea cow in the Bering Strait, and in less than thirty years, the amiable beast had been harpooned into extinction. It’s a classic story, but a key fact is often omitted. Bering Island was the last redoubt of a species that had been decimated by hunting and habitat loss years before the explorers set sail. As Callum M. Roberts reveals in The Unnatural History of the Sea, the oceans’ bounty didn’t disappear overnight. While today’s fishing industry is ruthlessly efficient, intense exploitation began not in the modern era, or even with the dawn of industrialization, but in the eleventh century in medieval Europe. Roberts explores this long and colorful history of commercial fishing, taking readers around the world and through the centuries to witness the transformation of the seas. Drawing on firsthand accounts of early explorers, pirates, merchants, fishers, and travelers, the book recreates the oceans of the past: waters teeming with whales, sea lions, sea otters, turtles, and giant fish. The abundance of marine life described by fifteenth century seafarers is almost unimaginable today, but Roberts both brings it alive and artfully traces its depletion. Collapsing fisheries, he shows, are simply the latest chapter in a long history of unfettered commercialization of the seas. The story does not end with an empty ocean. Instead, Roberts describes how we might restore the splendor and prosperity of the seas through smarter management of our resources and some simple restraint. From the coasts of Florida to New Zealand, marine reserves have fostered spectacular recovery of plants and animals to levels not seen in a century. They prove that history need not repeat itself: we can leave the oceans richer than we found them.

A World in One Cubic Foot

Portraits of Biodiversity

Author: David Liittschwager

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226481239

Category: Nature

Page: 204

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Twelve inches by twelve inches by twelve inches, the cubic foot is a relatively tiny unit of measure compared to the whole world. With every step, we disturb and move through cubic foot after cubic foot. But behold the cubic foot in nature—from coral reefs to cloud forests to tidal pools—even in that finite space you can see the multitude of creatures that make up a vibrant ecosystem. For A World in One Cubic Foot, esteemed nature photographer David Liittschwager took a bright green metal cube—measuring precisely one cubic foot—and set it in various ecosystems around the world, from Costa Rica to Central Park. Working with local scientists, he measured what moved through that small space in a period of twenty-four hours. He then photographed the cube’s setting and the plant, animal, and insect life inside it—anything visible to the naked eye. The result is a stunning portrait of the amazing diversity that can be found in ecosystems around the globe. Many organisms captured in Liittschwager’s photographs have rarely, if ever, been presented in their full splendor to the general reader, and the singular beauty of these images evocatively conveys the richness of life around us and the essential need for its conservation. The breathtaking images are accompanied by equally engaging essays that speak to both the landscapes and the worlds contained within them, from distinguished contributors such as Elizabeth Kolbert and Alan Huffman, in addition to an introduction by E. O. Wilson. After encountering this book, you will never look at the tiniest sliver of your own backyard or neighborhood park the same way; instead, you will be stunned by the unexpected variety of species found in an area so small. A World in One Cubic Foot puts the world accessibly in our hands and allows us to behold the magic of an ecosystem in miniature. Liittschwager’s awe-inspiring photographs take us to places both familiar and exotic and instill new awareness of the life that abounds all around.

Great White Shark

Ruler of the Sea

Author: Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld,Steven James Petruccio

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781592491964

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 31

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Two days old and on her own, White Shark isn't big enough to compete with larger predators. She is brushed aside by older sharks when she tries to share their food. She is taunted by a playful sea lion determined not to become her dinner. Will she ever become the ruler of the sea?

Coral Reef Animals

Author: Francine Galko

Publisher: Capstone Classroom

ISBN: 9781403404343

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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Describes coral reefs, the different kinds of animals that can be found in them, and their ecological importance.

A History of Life in 100 Fossils

Author: Paul D. Taylor,Aaron O'Dea

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution

ISBN: 1588345025

Category: Nature

Page: 224

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A History of Life in 100 Fossils showcases 100 key fossils that together illustrate the evolution of life on earth. Iconic specimens have been selected from the renowned collections of the two premier natural history museums in the world, the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, and the Natural History Museum, London. The fossils ahve been chosen not only for their importance in the history of life, but also because of the visual story they tell. This stunning book is perfect for all readers because its clear explanations and beautiful photographs illuminate the significance of these amazing pieces, including 500 million-year-old Burgess Shale fossils that provide a window into early animal life in the sea, insects encapsulated by amber, the first fossil bird Archaeopteryx, and the remains of our own ancestors.

Zoo Scientists to the Rescue

Author: Patricia Newman

Publisher: Millbrook Press

ISBN: 1512415715

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: N.A

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"Zoos take care of animals and welcome visitors of all ages, but they also help us learn about at-risk species. Take a look behind the scenes and meet zoo scientists working to save endangered animals!"

Science 101: Ocean Science

Author: Jennifer Hoffman

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060891394

Category: Science

Page: 224

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This new series is the ultimate illustrated science guide for non–scientists. With over 200 full color images, illustrations, charts, and other visual aids, Science 101 explains major areas of science in an interesting, visually compelling, and accessible manner. These books will fill the need for an authoritative, popular reference in science and technology for students and adults alike. In SCIENCE 101: OCEAN SCIENCE, readers will learn about all aspects of the ocean environment, from tides and currents to cutting–edge research at the ocean's depths.

Fishes

The Animal Answer Guide

Author: Gene Helfman,Bruce Collette

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 142140222X

Category: Nature

Page: 216

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One fish, two fish, red fish, nearly thirty thousand species of fish -- or fishes, as they are properly called when speaking of multiple species. This is but one of many things the authors of this fascinatingly informative book reveal in answering common and not-so-common questions about this ubiquitous group of animals. Fishes range in size from tiny gobies to the massive Ocean Sunfish, which weighs thousands of pounds. They live in just about every body of water on the planet. Ichthyologists Gene Helfman and Bruce Collette provide accurate, entertaining, and sometimes surprising answers to over 100 questions about these water dwellers, such as "How many kinds of fishes are there?" "Can fishes breathe air?" "How smart are fishes?" and "Do fishes feel pain?" They explain how bony fishes evolved, the relationship between them and sharks, and why there is so much color variation among species. Along the way we also learn about the Devils Hole Pupfish, which has the smallest range of any vertebrate in the world; Lota lota, the only freshwater fish to spawn under ice; the Candiru, a pencil-thin Amazonian catfish that lodges itself in a very personal place of male bathers and must be removed surgically; and many other curiosities. With over 100 photographs -- including two full-color photo galleries -- and the most up-to-date facts on the world's fishes from two premier experts, this fun book is the perfect bait for any curious naturalist, angler, or aquarist.