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Life Under Ice by Mary M. Cerullo
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Life Under Ice

by Mary M. Cerullo

Other authors: Bill Curtsinger (Photographer)

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Children's science author Mary M. Cerullo and nature photographer Bill Curtsinger - who have also collaborated on two other ocean-related titles for children, Sea Soup: Phytoplankton and Sea Soup: Zooplankton - turn their attention to the world under the ice of Antarctica in this engaging picture-book. A fascinating ecosystem that few will ever see in person, it is a place of intense cold (although the ice keeps the water warmer than the air above!) and salt (saltier than in other seas, because when the ice forms, the salt is left behind in the remaining water) - a place which has led to the development of unique lifeforms (gigantic sea spiders!) and incredible adaptations (collapsing lungs!).

I'm surprised to see that Life Under Ice has received so little attention from reviewers online, because it is an informative little book that is well worth the young reader's time! The color photographs are appealing, capturing the mysterious quality of this underwater world (loved the picture of the leopard seal appearing out of the gloom!), and the text is engaging. I learned quite a bit (I never knew what benthic science was, until now!), and think young readers would as well. Highly recommended to all young readers interested in Antarctica, or in marine biology. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0884482464, Hardcover)

Marine photographer Bill Curtsinger has returned to Antarctica a number of times to photograph the animals and plants that survive in the icy, ice-capped waters at the end of the earth. Mary Cerullo shares his story with us, telling what’s it like to start a diving trip by cutting a hole in ice eight to ten feet thick, then diving into the chilly depths with the light shining through your entry hole the only beacon to your escape route.

Bill’s amazing photographs and his curiosity about the world combine to show us a strange and wonderful part of our earth, where some fish survive by having clear blood that acts like antifreeze, jellyfish and sponges and sea spiders grow enormous, the food chain is short, and even minor changes in conditions can affect the survival rate of baby penguins. We learn how penguins and seals are adapted for life on the ice and under it, how the ice acts like a greenhouse roof for marine plants during Antarctica’s summer months, and how it keeps the water warmer than the air during the frigid winter.

Bill meets scientists from all over the world who travel to Antarctica to study not only its marine life, but weather, the stars, climate change, and human impacts. This is inquiry-based science, up close—and often under ice. A glossary and resource list at the end of the book continue the learning, and an excellent curriculum guide on Antarctica is available online from the American Museum of Natural History.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:45 -0400)

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Follows marine photographer Bill Curtsinger as he dives under the ice at Antarctica to learn about the plants and animals that thrive in this extreme habitat.

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