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Great Waters: An Atlantic Passage

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  7 reviews
In the course of an ocean voyage, Deborah Cramer documents the history and science of the Atlantic illuminating our multifaceted reliance on the sea, our betrayal of that bond, the changing landscape of the ocean floor and the threatened life of its inhabitants. Bringing together the research of physical oceanographers, geologists, biologists and chemists from both sides o ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2001)
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Glorianna Davenport
"An Atlantic tide pool is a piece of the ocean, left by the receding sea. Small, its breadth within reach, I can walk its perimeter, see clearly into its depths..." From this tide pool, Deborah Cramer journey encompasses the ebb and flow from the rocky coast of Newfoundland and Gulf of Maine to vast reaches of the Sargasso. As Cramer explores and embraces her epic subject scientifically, she poetically weaves together the complex themes of watery life, formative time, ceaseless motion. I purchas ...more
This was probably the best science writing I've ever read. Cramer's descriptions of the Atlantic Ocean were amazingly comprehensive, smoothly flowing from its ecosystems to general circulation to geological formation to human impact . . . and more. She obviously did extensive research and put a lot of thought in how she weaved together the many strands of details. It was at times breath-taking and sobering.

The book was also personally interesting because the author went to sea on a ship I've sa
I am not quite the audience for this book, but I think, for the right reader--one with little scientific background but with interest in the oceans--this is a very fine choice. Approachable, lyrically written, and a very good introduction to the issues facing our backyard ocean today.
George Mack
Excellent in depth study of Atlantic ocean ecology. Deborah Cramer covers everything from bacteria and viruses to plate tectonics. Not an in depth study of any individual component but a broad sweep of the Atlantic environment and our impact. An incredible read!
I confess I haven't finished this. I think the science is there but the writing style is too breathless for me to grasp. Early on the author redefines 'passage' so we know what she means and dispenses with the definite article 'the' in referring to the Atlantic; for her whales swim in Atlantic. I may complete it- maybe not.
Jul 31, 2010 Cindi marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Heard the author's interview on "The Story" tonight. This really is my thing, the oceans and all.
Anne Thessen
Jun 15, 2008 Anne Thessen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in the environment or the ocean
Recommended to Anne by: Diane
I met the author. She's an amazing person. She writes beautifully about the oceans.
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