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The Deep - Leben in der Tiefsee

4.35 of 5 stars 4.35  ·  rating details  ·  636 ratings  ·  84 reviews
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 da ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published 2006 by Knesebeck
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I am dotty. Giddy. Over the moon in love with The Deep. If I still had one, I'd be writing "Mr. & Mrs. The Deep" on my Trapper Keeper. With lots of little hearts. This is one of the most beautiful books I've ever seen. Absolutely gorgeous photos of the denizens of the deep, showing incredible detail. There's enough text to be informative, but not enough to intrude on the pretty, pretty pictures.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

The body of one unidentified species photographed looks like a living strand of DNA: "The spectacle this [thing] stages when feeding is like a grand fireworks display, as it deploys thousands of toxic, bioluminescent tentacles to lure its prey into its fatal snare. The structure of this gelatinous creature is basically the equivalent of a colony of hundreds of jellies all living along a central cord."

Regarding the threadfin snailfish: "Like a pr
This was on the BBYA list from last year and I was not able to find it until this year. I highly recommend it for any collection and every coffeetable. It is an absolutely stunning book - a true visual delight. The textual information is well written and fascinating but the overwhelming feature of this book are the gorgeous photographs of the astonishing creatures that inhabit the deepest part of the oceans. The book is beautifully designed and the photographs exquisitely presented. Full page an ...more
The photographs in this book are AMAZING. The creatures are unusual and stunning and alien. My favorites: Fireworks physonect siphonophore on page 84 - looks like fireworks!; Larvae of Spantagoid heart urchins, page 67 - almost looks like fragile jewelry; Ping-pong tree sponge, page 187 - looks like a 1960s light fixture. Just incredible photography and the most unusual creatures you've ever seen!

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Publication Date: March 15, 2007 | ISBN-10: 0226595668 | ISBN-13: 978-0226595665 | E
Abissi di Claire Nouvian è uno stupendo libro fotografico sulla fauna che popola le profondità degli oceani. Non è stata una sorpresa che mi sia piaciuto tanto, vista la mia fascinazione per i pesci e le creature del mare. Ma i pregi del libro non si esauriscono nelle tante immagini veramente mozzafiato (una roba magnifica, da vedere per crederci), opportunamente descritte: vi sono anche brevi saggi sui vari aspetti dell'esplorazione sottomarina, un campo che, apprendo, può riservare ancora molt ...more
Great book! With reluctance I take it back to the library. Come on! Check it out! You know you want to know what a Pigbutt worm looks like!!

I checked this book out for me and the kids, thinking it would be great just to look at the pictures. I didn't realize how much I would love it, text and all. This book is full of strange and brilliant creatures and I can just about guarantee you haven't seen most of them. Just from the first few pages, I am in love and also realizing how man is endangering
It's full of amazing (not entirely believable) photographs of crazy deep sea critters it's got it's own web site, you can see lots of them here But still, it's far from perfect, I just don't understand why many of the ultra crisp images are broken up by double page spreads and whilst it's in no way meant to be an academic book there's just not enough text ..... very little info about the bizarre creatures makes it too much of a first reader. Perfect birthday present ...more
The Deep is a book full of amazing photographs of extraordinary deep sea creatures. I checked it out of the library intending to look at the stunning pictures, but found myself engrossed in the text. I wish there had been more information about some of the organisms, but I think that may be one of the points of the book, much about the deep sea and its inhabitants is simply unknown. I also wondered about how some of the amazing photographs were taken. I returned the book reluctantly, but will be ...more
Elaine Meszaros
This book is gorgeous. While the subject matter, sea creatures of the deepest abysses, is certainly fascinating the pictures are what makes this book so wonderful. Some show perfect, tiny jeweled creatures floating in the dark. Others, lit by ROV lights, look like computer generated movie sets. Unreal and intensely beautiful.
Hannah Givens
I'm absolutely terrified by creatures that live in the ocean--not in rivers or fishbowls, just in the ocean--but I'm also fascinated by them. They're so beautiful, and different, and complex, and simple, and alien. That's what this book is about.

This is an oversize book, one that you'll want to read at a table, and there's hardly any text. The whole book is huge, full-color pictures of deep-sea animals on black, like the cover, and it is truly amazing. The vast majority of them were animals I ha
Simply because we couldn't explore the depths of the ocean until very recently, people assumed that nothing was going on far beneath the surface. I can see why. I once took a harbor cruise in a submarine and we didn't have to go down very far before all color was leached out of the water and there was a desert around us. Naturally, the further away from the surface, the less light and oxygen there are. Life as we are used to it require lots of both.

But the oceans hold many surprises. The mountai
Ce livre est sublime.

Les photos sont d'une beauté et d'une qualité incroyable - prévoir une exclamation du lecteur toutes les deux pages en moyenne.
Il arrive cependant que ces photos s'étalent sur une double page, coupant en deux l'image d'une manière regrettable.

Il ne faudrait pourtant pas croire que ce bouquin se borne à une collection de jolies images. Comme l'écrit son auteur, il cherche à répondre à l'absence (ou au peu) de documentation sur les abysses.
Un seul livre ne peut qu'effleurer le
I imagined this colossal volume of water, cloaked in permanent darkness, and I pictured the fantastic creatures that swam there, far from our gazes, the surrealist results of an ever inventive Nature.

Our first duty is to know the world down below, and to be motivated by the wondrous biodiversity of our planet; not only the manifest beauty of the Blue Planet, illuminated by the sun for all to see, but also that of the hidden zone, the Black Planet, with its concealed beauty enshrouded beneath its
Jun 20, 2008 Julian rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sea anemones and myself; over and over.
My parent's small library contained a book on marine life. Probably published in the early 1960s, the sort with lots of dry text but with a small section of black and white photos in the middle. I didn't care about much of it, except the pirahanas (Seriously, what 10 year old boy doesn't like pirahanas?) and the deep, deep sea fish. I would study those photos to no end. The deep deep sea fish were (and still are) unreal and nightmareish. If the good lord designed and created all the earth's crea ...more
Beautiful, terrifying, and an important book about our planet's biodiversity in a crucial, huge, vital ecosystem that is still largely unexplored and not well understood. Not advisable to read before bed, as some images are the stuff of nightmares.
David Osmond
This is one of the best though-provoking books I have ever read. I'm sad that it had to go back to the library. What an amazing world in which we live. Thank you for making a fascinating and approachable book.
Richard Hart
If you're interested in marine biology and deep-sea life, this is the book for you. Full of high quality images, you will find yourself coming back to this time and time again!
I requested this book from Moorside Library after reading a review in The Guardian. I have now finished reading it- and what a read! It was absolutely fascinating! I had no idea of the amazing creatures living at the bottom of the oceans, neither did I know the amazing facts about depth of the oceans, that thwre are volcanoes and mud eating creatures living 7 miles under the sea! The only thing I did not like about this book was it was hard to read the print because a lot of the text was on a da ...more
Aug 08, 2007 Benjamin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with eyes
Phenominal book. Gorgeous photos with some nice text that gives just enough information about what you're seeing. This is a big book, and there's photographs on almost every page. The things in this book range from the beautiful—like the jeweled squid that looks like a strawberry—to the ugly—like the sea spiders who suck out their prey's innards with a straw-like proboscus—to the unearthly—like the transparent ctenophores, which are essentially just mouths floating around. The book explores seve ...more
Stunning annotated photos of deep sea creatures.
e smith
Dec 27, 2007 e smith rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: humans
Sweet Mothers. This thing is amazing. How awesome are underwater animals??? Really awesome. Next time I come back to planet earth I want the job where I can get in some kind of deep-sea machine and take pictures of weirdo jellyfish and giant squids. Next time I am also going to ask to not be clausterphobic. Also next time I would like to be bioluminescent. Heck, next time I might just want to be one of those weirdo animals of the deep...well no, not really. But maybe. Also I would like some tran ...more
This book is awesome. Reading it is like strolling through a wonderful and deeply informative museum exhibit. The pictures are breathtakingly beautiful, and the essays are wonderful snapshots into a world I don't fully understand, but love to learn more about. I love the captions and descriptive text, as well as the quotes that appear throughout. The common theme in all the text is an absolute wonder with the creatures of the deep. After reading the book, it would be hard not to share that wonde ...more
Unweaving the rainbow, indeed -- these photographs make me feel wonder.
Nouvian arranges her full-page photographs in descending order, literally. Nouvian begins with the animals residing close to the surface of the ocean: they look like the fish you know. As she incrementally descends further into the deep (the edge of each page has a tiny marking to indicate the depth at which the photo was taken), animals begin to look less like anything, living or nonliving, you've ever seen.
Not really a "read", this is a coffee table book of photography of deep sea life. It is stunning, both in the imagery and the anecdotal descriptions of the lives of these animals. For example, there is a creature that sits still on a ledge for years at a time until some sea slug crawls too close. Then it slashes the slug to pieces with razor sharp tentacles, devouring it in a feast of mucus, before retiring for another year.

And more like it.
A fascinating book that talks about eh incredible creatures inhabiting the deep oceans. Filled with gorgeous photos, you begin to get a feel for the vast array of bizarre fauna that exist in the abyss, while at the same time realizing not only how vast that habitat is, but sadly, how much of it we've already destroyed. Highly recommended for those interested in the sea, conservation, photography, as well as the creatures themselves.
Still working on your street style? Try strutting it like they do below 700m in the ocean where light does not reach. Translucent bodies, massive glowing eyes, phosphorescent spots, 10meter long tentacles, two or three husbands, a fraction of your size, attached to your belly, wicked fangs that curve over your head, a pendulous lure attached to your chin. That's how it goes in Club Deep. I never tire of looking at this book!
Best Book - Nonfiction

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This is a wonderful and intriguing book. It is mostly giant pictures of the amazing creatures living in the sea, that really look like aliens from another planet. The descriptions that are given are interesting and succinct, and won't bore a teenager or adult to death with endless facts and science. This is a very good recommendation for teens of any age or interest.
While the images are mind blowing, the content leaves a great deal to be desired. It was beyond frustrating to read the shallow essays written by individuals who obviously have deep knowledge of the subject. Also, Nouvian's writing about the ocean's magic or whatever was a bit grating. That being said, nearly every page turn had me punching Corey and telling him to look at some new picture.
This book has the most beautiful and unbelievable photographs of deep sea creatures you never knew existed. It reminds me why I'm so in awe of our natural world. From the book: "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."
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Claire Nouvian is president and founder of the nonprofit conservation organization BLOOM, based in Paris and Hong Kong. Her research and activities focus on deep-sea fisheries and shark consumption habits. In Asia, Nouvian and BLOOM's co-workers aim to improve the degraded conservation status of shark populations by ultimately making shark fin soup a socially unacceptable dish. Nouvian’s approach ...more
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