The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss
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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.
Editorial Reviews “[A] stunning collection of more than 160 color photos.... Species from as far down as four and a half miles are depicted in exquisite detail; most are mere centimeters long، though the giant squid، a timid creature despite its size، grows to almost 60 feet. Fifteen short، jargon-free essays assembled by editor and French journalist Nouvian... flesh out the fantastical images with scientific fact. They dismiss the myth of deep sea monsters and describe the amazing persistence of life around hydrothermal vents and methane flues; a thoughtful glossary adds to this impressive book's popular appeal.” (Publishers Weekly)
"Bizarre species from as far down as four and half miles are shown in remarkable detail، their tentacles lashing، eyes bulging، lights flashing. The eerie translucence of many of the gelatinous creatures seems to defy common sense. They seem to be living water. On page after page، it is as if aliens had descended from another world to amaze and delight. A small octopus looks like a child’s squeeze toy. A seadevil looks like something out of a bad dream. A Ping-Pong tree sponge rivals artwork that might be seen in an upscale gallery. Interspersed among 220 color photographs are essays by some of the world’s top experts on deep-sea life that reflect on what lies beneath." (William Broad New York Times 2007-05-22)
Hardcover: 256 pages Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; First edition (March 15، 2007) Language: English Dimensions: 9 x 1.1 x 12 inches