Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and A Vast Ocean of A Million Stories

DAISY - 2011 | For use by disabled patrons only
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A biography of the Atlantic Ocean, a tremendous space that has been central to the ambitions of explorers, scientists, and warriors, and continues profoundly to affect our character, attitudes, and dreams. Spanning the ocean's story, from its geological origins to the age of exploration, from World War II battles to today's struggles with pollution and overfishing, Winchester's narrative is epic, intimate, and awe inspiring. 2010.
Publisher: Toronto : CNIB, 2011
Edition: For use by disabled patrons only
Branch Call Number: 551.4613 WIN
Characteristics: 1 computer laser optical disc (14 hours, 30 minutes) : DAISY, digital ; 12 cm
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Additional Contributors: CELA (Firm)
Alternative Title: Atlantic

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Aug 21, 2015

Simon Winchester scores again! This is an exhausively researched work, spanning the origins, character, wonders, terrors and human dramas of the great western ocean around which modern western civilization has evolved. Winchester reveals the cambrian-era birth of the ocean, the magnificence of its creatures great and small, its surprizing role and impact upon man and nature alike -- and even its probable future and ultimate disappearance. Who knew of the vast ecological importance (or even the existence of Prochlorococcus? Or that a connection exists among shipping containers, parliamentary democracy, the Hanseatic league and the founding of a Jewish state? Despite being such a scolarly work, this is an entertaining, engrossing page-turner.

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