Great Waters: An Atlantic Passage
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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Mar 31, 2012 Glorianna Davenport rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
"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
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.