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In Oceans Deep

Courage, Innovation, and Adventure Beneath the Waves

Bill Streever



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Back Bay Books
09 July 2020
In an age of unprecedented exploration and innovation, our oceans remain largely unknown, and endlessly fascinating: full of mystery, danger, beauty, and inspiration. In Oceans Deep celebrates the daring pioneers who tested the limits of what the human body can endure under water: free divers able to reach 300 feet on a single breath; engineers and scientists who uncovered the secrets of decompression; teenagers who built their own diving gear from discarded boilers and garden hoses in the 1930s; saturation divers who lived under water for weeks at a time in the 1960s; and the trailblazing men who voluntarily breathed experimental gases at pressures sufficient to trigger insanity.

Tracing both the little-known history and exciting future of how we travel and study the depths, Streever's captivating journey includes seventeenth-century leather-hulled submarines, their nuclear-powered descendants, a workshop where luxury submersibles are built for billionaire clients, and robots capable of roving unsupervised between continents, revolutionizing access to the ocean.

In this far-flung trip to the wild, night-dark place of shipwrecks, trapped submariners, oil wells, innovative technologies, and people willing to risk their lives while challenging the deep, we discover all the adventures our seas have to offer -- and why they are in such dire need of conservation.
By:   Bill Streever
Imprint:   Back Bay Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 208mm,  Width: 138mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   280g
ISBN:   9780316551342
ISBN 10:   0316551341
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   09 July 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Bill Streever is the bestselling and award-winning authors of And Soon I Heard a Roaring Wind, Cold, and Heat. As a biologist, he has worked on issues ranging from climate change to the restoration of Arctic tundra to underwater noise to the evolution of cave crayfish. With his wife and co-captain, he splits his time between Alaska and their cruising sailboat, currently in Central America.

Reviews for In Oceans Deep: Courage, Innovation, and Adventure Beneath the Waves

Bill Streever has written a gripping and important book about the sea, its science, and the technologies we've invented to begin to experience it, but also about our own humanity-and our future. I loved following him on this extraordinary deep dive into the largest and still most mysterious realm of this incredible planet we all share--Juli Berwald, author of Spineless With a real knack for storytelling, Streever evocatively puts the reader in the helmets, flippers, and submersibles of sea explorers throughout history...Streever crafts a book to be enjoyed by divers and general readers alike. --Publishers Weekly Ultimately, this timely and richly told story became something the author did not intend: an invaluable survey of how much damage has been done and how much we will lose if we don't protect the seas. --Booklist Streever tells a story that captures human fascination with the ocean, and encourages readers to become more interested in what lies beneath the waves. --Shelf Awareness In this homage-cum-history of human endeavor in the ocean depths, biologist, writer and diver Bill Streever brings to light a region less explored than the Moon. --Nature Magazine A fine writer with genuine sea credentials...Streever's book makes clear that the deep, though much closer to us, is still tantalizingly distant. --Natural History Magazine A fascinating...journey for readers into a little-known world. --Anchorage Daily News A buoyant, at times thrilling, account of the deep sea experience, perfect for divers and other lovers of life beneath the waves. --Kirkus Review A broad-spectrum examination of underwater adventuring...Mr. Streever's writing is lucid on subjects ranging from gas chemistry to dredging to underwater robotics. --Wall Street Journal Exquisitely researched and written, I highly recommend In Oceans Deep--Jonathan White, author of Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean Bill Streever takes us on an entertaining and richly informative journey into the marine frontier. I recommend this book to anyone who may wish to be awed, and perhaps disturbed, by the depths to which humans will go to explore it. --Jonathan Balcombe, author of What a Fish Knows A beautifully written and thrilling exploration of humanity's place in the depths by a master interpreter who has spent a lifetime face-to-face with the shipwrecks, animals, machines, daring souls, and enduring mysteries that populate this gorgeous, hidden world. --Robert Kurson, New York Times bestselling author of Shadow Divers and Rocket Men In Oceans Deep combines painstaking research with narrative flair and a genuine love for the subject...It is both an education and a terrific read--Chris Wright journalist and author of No More Worlds to Conquer

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