Planet ocean: voyage to the heart of the marine realm.

Planet ocean: voyage to the heart of the marine realm. Laurent Ballesta, Pierre Descamp.

Washington DC: National Geographic Society, 2005. Large quarto, dustwrapper, colour photographs.

Spanning the vast diversity of Earth's oceans, these fascinating ocean worlds occupy more than three quarters of our planet, and their natural richness is the source of life, yet they are still poorly understood. With through, accessible essays on topics ranging from aquaculture to global warming, and more than 400 exceptional photographs, authors Laurent Ballesta and Pierre Descamp lead readers on an exceptional voyage of discovery. Each page reveals an astonishing new marvel: from the exuberance of underwater forests to the delicate loves of the octopuses to the extreme survival of fish of the Antarctic. In addition to celebrating our planet's rich ocean life, "Planet Ocean" is designed to help us understand the great threats which weigh on the oceans and to appreciate the astounding diversity of our marine environment.

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