Non Fiction Review: Extreme Ocean

Extreme Ocean by Sylvia A Earle
Extreme Ocean: Amazing Animals, High-Tech Gear, Record-Breaking Depths, and More
by Sylvia A Earle,  Glen Phelan 

5 out of 5 stars

With stunning photographs, this book chronicles the ocean explorations of the author, a marine biologist. Along with personal stories and anecdotes, this book includes the facts and science about everything in the ocean from currents to sharks.

The first section explores waves, tsunamis, and currents, ice shelves, and answers why the ocean is blue and why it contains salt water.

The second chapter focuses on the fish and animals that live in the ocean. There are articles and facts about seals, whales, and other mammals, as well as fish and creatures that live in the deepest parts of the ocean. The photographs of these fish are absolutely gorgeous, showcasing their bright colors and delicate fins. There are also facts about sea plants like kelp forests, and a whole page about coral reefs.
I especially liked the articles about the history of exploration and the new ecosystems and creatures like giant clams that were first discovered in 1977. The third section is all about underwater vehicles, deep sea diving suits, and submersibles and how these allowed explorers to go further than ever before. There is even a timeline of exploration showing the farthest, the deepest, and the most extreme places explorers have ever been! There are even facts and photos of underwater laboratories where scientists called aquanauts can stay for up to 10 days doing experiments.

I really love that you can rely on the facts presented in this book, because you know it’s coming from the experts and it’s written in an impartial way without political agenda. The last two chapters are titled, “An Ocean in Trouble” and “How to Save an Ocean”, and it details ways that pollution and trash are damaging the oceans and what we can do to help.

This is such an informative and interesting book!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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