Oceans: The Threats to Our Seas and What You Can Do to Turn the Tide

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Oct 8, 2010 - Marine biology - 508 pages
More than 75 percent of the globe is covered by the oceans. It is sometimes difficult to understand why it is called Planet Earth rather than Planet Ocean. Since half the world's human population lives within a stone's throw of an ocean coastline, the oceans' health is increasingly important. Rich with resources and potential - as a source of renewable energy, new drugs, drinking water - for years we have treated them as both infinite and un damageable. But they are not. Over-fishing, climate change, pollution, acidification, and more have put the world's oceans and marine life at great risk. Oceans gathers some of the most insightful visionaries, explorers, and ocean lovers - marine biologists, politicians, environmentalists, fishermen, sportsmen, deep divers, and more - in a unique anthology, in which each speaks to a unique aspect of our world's most dimly understood dimension.
 

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Contents

On Making Oceans
3
The World Is Blue
11
Caught in the Same Net
21
Remembering the Ocean
41
Illuminating the Life of the Deep
51
SeaStruck
65
One Stroke at a Time
76
Climate Change and the Ocean
85
For the Love of Fishes
191
Whither Whales and Dolphins?
200
Of Dolphins and Decency
214
The Bluefins Uncertain Future
234
Open Ocean
246
Antarctica on the Edge
254
Water Planet
273
Why We Need a National Ocean Policy
287

Plastic Ocean
93
Message in a Bottle
112
Barging Down to the Sea
126
Acid Test
140
Coral Reefs in Crisis
146
Estuaries Where Human and Nature Meet
161
Reasons to Worry About the Dead Zones
182
A Holistic Approach to Healing the Ocean
303
CONTRIBUTORS
371
ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS WORKING ON OCEAN
421
FOR FURTHER READING
447
Back Cover Material
461
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Jon Bowermaster writes about adventure, the environment, and exotic corners of the world for "National Geographic, The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Outside," and other major publications. His travels have taken him to seven continents. His adventures have resulted in eight books, three with renowned polar explorer Will Steger. Many of the expeditions have been made into documentary films as well.
Rob Howard, photographer, has taken pictures around the world for "Conde Nast Traveler" and many other publications.

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