Descent: The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss
In Descent: The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss, Brad Matsen brings to vivid life the famous deep-sea expeditions of Otis Barton and William Beebe. Beebe was a very well-connected and internationally acclaimed naturalist, with the power to generate media attention. Barton was an engineer and heir to a considerable fortune, who had long dreamed of making his mark on the world...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 6th 2006 by Vintage
(first published April 12th 2005)
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For anyone who loves PBS specials about deep submersibles, or who wants to go down in a sub themselves, this book is a must. The description of the bathysphere, how small it was, the open trays of chemicals they had to use to scrub the air, is enough to make your hair stand up. Imagining crawling into that thing, and saying "go ahead, drop me a mile down, let's see what happens" just freaks me out. It's a little slow in some places, and you never quite figure out how these guys managed to pay fo...more
William Beebe and Otis Barton traveled underwater, beyond where sunlight would reach, in a tiny metal ball called the Blathysphere. There they found things they had never even dared imagine. This is history of their descents, the work that led up to them, and their lives after them. I found it interesting.
Brad Matsen has been writing about wonders of the sea for forty years. He is the author of Jacques Cousteau: The Sea King; Descent: The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2006; the New York Times bestseller Titanic's Last Secrets; Planet Ocean: A Story of Life in the Sea; and Dancing to the Fossil Record with artist Ray Troll; the award-winn...moreMore about Bradford Matsen...