by Carl Safina
published by Owl Books
© 1997 by Carl Safina
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The oceans of the world rank foremost among humankind's last great frontiers,
and their climatological and ecological workings remain mysterious to
all but specialists. In this lively, well-written survey, marine scientist
Carl Safina encourages readers to take a wider interest in the oceans,
especially because so much of that great blue expanse is now threatened
by human progress. Safina notes, for example, that the North Atlantic's
tuna population has fallen by more than 90 percent in just the last
few decades. It has gone the way of cod and herring and pilot whales
thanks to a combination of changing global temperatures, overfishing,
pollution, inland watershed and delta destruction, and other causes--many
of them attributable to human activities. Even now, he notes, many Pacific
fishing fleets use cyanide to catch fish, a process that destroys sensitive
marine ecosystems. Safina's tour of the world's waters may inspire readers
to press for changes in the way that fish is brought to their tables,
and to take a more careful look at the natural processes that govern
this watery planet
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