Friday, November 6, 2009



A tribute to our watery planet -- and real-life adventure story by Sylvia Earle, a World Wildlife Fund national council member and diving pioneer. In this book she introduces us to marine biology and recounts her many exploits underwater. Former chief scientist of NOAA (the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration), Earle has become our ambassador-at-large for the world's oceans. Using many examples of contemporary threats to the health of the world's oceans in this lively book, she takes us to the over- fished markets of Tokyo, sight of the Valdez disaster in Prince William Sound, and Persian Gulf oil spills.

Sea change is at once the gripping adventure story of Earle’s three decades of undersea exploration, an insider’s introduction to the dynamic field of marine biology, and an urgent plea for the preservation of the world’s fragile and rapidly deteriorating ocean ecosystems.

Earle takes us along on journeys to places of unimaginable beauty and unutterable destruction. She conjures up the exhilaration of swimming with humpback whales off the coast of Maui; she makes us comprehend the true environmental tragedy of the massive oil spills; and she leads us out into Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the epitome of ocean wilderness but also the final resting place for tons of waste that drift in from thousand of miles away. This brilliant, thought-provoking, superbly readable book will inspire a new reverence for the majesty of the world’s oceans even as it opens our eyes to the intricate interdependence of all life forms. The book concludes with a detailed, constructive plan of what we must do to preserve our ocean resources.

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