"It has often been proposed that the ultimate human future lies in space. It has become clear instead that the strange world really holding our future, now and forever is the ocean. In [this book], Deborah Cramer explains why this is so. Authoritatively researched, clearly written, and beautifully illustrated, this book is best of its class."E.O. Wilson author of The Creation and Superorganism "Deborah Cramer's achievement in creating this classic study of the world's seas is destined for lasting importance. Her book is a hymn to something that is both beautiful and fragile, a fervent prayer that we recognize it as such, and an eloquent plea for all humankind to cherish it--to embrace the sea as it embraces us."Simon Winchester author of The Man Who Loved China Deborah Cramer writes about science, nature, and the environment. Currently a visiting scholar at MIT's Earth System Initiative, she is the author of Great Waters: An Atlantic Passage. She lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts. (booksense)
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