The Ocean of Life

The Ocean of Life

The Fate of Man and the Sea

Book - 2012
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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.

Publisher: New York : Viking Penguin, 2012.
ISBN: 9780670023547
Branch Call Number: 551.46 Rob
Characteristics: x, 405 pages : illustrations


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How have the oceans changed and how has our relationship to it changed? And what can we do to rectify what we have done?

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Jul 05, 2012

This is an excellent discussion of all the threats facing the world's oceans. You get history, current problems and a good idea of what the future holds.
The book is a good introduction to ocean ecology.

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