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Book Review: The Deep Ocean

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The Deep Ocean: Life in the Abyss

by Michael VecchioneLouise AllcockImants Priede, and Hans van Haren

The Deep Ocean is an epic excursion into one of the last great frontiers on Earth. The Deep Ocean is a strikingly beautiful hardback book. It is packed with images and illustrations of the life found in this dark and cold environment. The Deep Ocean is defined as anything below 200m. It is said that we know more about the moon than we do about the deep ocean, and it is only recently that deep water exploration has revealed some of its secrets. It is a place that is still full of discoveries and surprises for those that have chosen to study it.

This book brings together current knowledge about the deep ocean: the life that has found a way to survive the harsh conditions; the habitats; underwater topography, currents and finally how man has impacted the deep ocean, both in the past and looking into a somewhat terrifying future. It is packed with information and, for me, is one of those books that I will return to again and again. Perhaps to look up some specific fact, to browse the wonderful images, and at other times just to dip in and learn something new about the abyss.

Whether you just love the ocean and want to learn more, or whether you are a budding marine biologist, this is a book that you are going to want to add to your bookshelf.


What the publisher says:

The deep ocean comprises more than 90 percent of our planet’s biosphere and is home to some of the world’s most dazzling creatures, which thrive amid extreme pressures, scarce food supplies, and frigid temperatures. Living things down here behave in remarkable and surprising ways, and cutting-edge technologies are shedding new light on these critically important ecosystems. This beautifully illustrated book leads you down into the canyons, trenches, and cold seeps of the watery abyss, presenting the deep ocean and its inhabitants as you have never seen them before.

  • Features a wealth of breathtaking photos, illustrations, and graphics
  • Gives a brief and accessible history of deep-sea exploration
  • Explains the basics of oceanography
  • Covers a marvelous diversity of undersea organisms
  • Describes habitats ranging from continental slopes to hydrothermal vents and abyssal plains
  • Discusses humanity’s impacts on the deep ocean, from fisheries and whaling to global climate change and acidification
  • Written by a team of world-class scientists

Book Details

  • Price: $45 / £38
  • ISBN:9780691226811
  • Publish Date: 18th April 2023
  • Pages: 288
  • Size: 8.5×11″
  • 200+ colour photos & illustrations

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are Dive Ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas and are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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The BiG Scuba Podcast Episode 180: Dawn Kernagis

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Dawn Kernagis

Gemma and Ian chat to Dawn Kernagis.  Dawn joined DEEP in 2023 as the Director of Scientific Research.   DEEP is an ocean technology and exploration company with a mission to ‘Make Humans Aquatic.’ DEEP’s undersea habitat and submersible systems, combined with multi-phased diver and human performance training, will create the next evolution of subsea science, research, and exploration capabilities.   Dawn is a NASA-trained NEEMO Aquanaut, Explorer’s Club Fellow and Women Divers Hall of Fame Inductee and who is also tasked to establish DEEP’s first US presence in North Carolina.   Dawn has also been a diver with numerous underwater exploration, research, and conservation projects since 1993, including the mapping and record-setting exploration of some of the deepest underwater caves in the world.

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The BiG Scuba Podcast Episode 173: DEEP – Making Humans Aquatic

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Gemma and Ian visited DEEP and were hosted by Phil Short, Research Diving, Training Lead, and were given a tour of the facility at Avonmouth and then over to the Campus at Tidenham.

DEEP is evolving how humans access, explore and inhabit underwater environments. Through flexible, modular and mobile subsea habitats that allow humans to live undersea up to 200m for up to 28 days, work-class submarines, and advanced human performance research, DEEP completely transforms what we are capable of underwater and how we conduct undersea science and research.

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You can listen to Episode 173 of the BiG Scuba Podcast here.

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