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Between Pacific Tides

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One of the classic works of marine biology, a favorite for generations, has now been completely revised and expanded. Between Pacific Tides is a book for all who find the shore a place of excitement, wonder, and beauty, and an unsurpassed introductory text for both students and professionals.

This book describes the habits and habitats of the animals that live in one of the
Paperback, Fifth Edition, 652 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by Stanford University Press (first published September 1st 1968)
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Jun 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
You know how finishing a great novel leaves a gaping void in your life? Well, having just finished Between Pacific Tides, a nigh-encyclopedic account of the intertidal invertebrates found on the California coast, I feel just the opposite. This book is not a story that ends, but an introduction to a world of endless fascination, suffusing the reader (well, this reader) with the wonder and curiosity of its authors, particularly of the legendary Ed Ricketts, original and primary author of the book, ...more
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the book that started my life. Given to me by a white haired college professor when i was 14 years old. It led me to understand and enjoy relationships. It fascinated me because to go any further would have been to run out of air. This is the story of the the edge of the sea, the last place where we can use our human abilities before we must turn into something else.
Dec 01, 2008 marked it as to-read
to be read concurrently with "Log from the Sea of Cortez" and "Cannery Row," ideally on a vacation to Baja
erik d aker
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I can't speak for the newest edition because all of Ricketts may have been whitewashed out of it by this point, but the book in previous iterations has been one of the necessaries for my household's understanding of California tidepools and marine ecology. It's also fun to read: a real masterwork, an original contribution.
Mowena Glunch
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ed Ricketts is Doc in Steinbeck's Cannery Row stories. This is a book I periodically re-read: combined interests in Steinbeck, Monterey, Gulf of California, marine biology, boats, Stanford, doing things differently
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a great book to have especially if you do any working along the beaches of the Alaska shores! Great pictures!
Can't wait to hit the beach again!
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Many of the scientific names have changed since this classic was written. I was glad to have my beachcombers field guides to reference while I read.
Frances Sawaya
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A tattered reference book that has been with me for decades. An absolute must-have for anyone who lives in the western USA and wants a better knowledge of marine life. Though we now live in Ireland, I brought this book with simply for the sake of nostalgia. Then last year I had the correct colors and fabrics I needed in my collection to make a quilt that spoke to my ancestors who opened up the Pacific Northwest and I wanted to have the theme be "between Pacific tides." Trolling through the book ...more
Scott Cox
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is has been a standard marine biology textbook for decades, covering both coast, bays, estuary, as well as the intertidal zones. One of the authors, Edward Ricketts, was a close friend of John Steinbeck and is the famous "Doc" of Cannery Row.
Nathan Waldren
Oct 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who has ever been to the beach
Ricketts was the prototype for the character "Doc" in Steinbeck's Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday, and you can feel a lot of the fellow in his writing. Clearly this was a scientist who meant business, and pursued his work passionately. Very readable, very usable.
Nov 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This is the most thorough book on North American Pacific Coast flora AND fauna. This is highly informational, but not really an entertaining read, unless you happen to be a marine biologist.
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have an edition with Steinbeck's introduction. I have not seen the newest edition, but I can still use visual references to the PNW coasts photographed and described. Excellent resource.
Sylvia Seymour
Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
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