Sea Sick

Sea Sick

The Global Ocean in Crisis

Book - 2009
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All life -- whether on land or in the sea -- depends on the oceans for two things:

• Oxygen. Most of Earth's oxygen is produced by phytoplankton in the sea. These humble, one-celled organisms, rather than the spectacular rain forests, are the true lungs of the planet.

• Climate control. Our climate is regulated by the ocean's currents, winds, and water-cycle activity.

Sea Sick is the first book to examine the current state of the world's oceans -- the great unexamined ecological crisis of the planet -- and the fact that we are altering everything about them; temperature, salinity, acidity, ice cover, volume, circulation, and, of course, the life within them.

Alanna Mitchell joins the crews of leading scientists in nine of the global ocean's hotspots to see firsthand what is really happening around the world. Whether it's the impact of coral reef bleaching, the puzzle of the oxygen-less dead zones such as the one in the Gulf of Mexico, or the shocking implications of the changing Ph balance of the sea, Mitchell explains the science behind the story to create an engaging, accessible yet authoritative account.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2009
ISBN: 9780771061165
Branch Call Number: 551.46 M68s
Characteristics: 238 pages ; 23 cm


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Feb 14, 2019

Being a huge ocean nerd myself, I love how Alanna Mitchell tells the individual stories of the ocean and its troubles to get at the bigger picture: things in the ocean are changing and we as human beings need to know how and why. Reading this book may seem daunting or depressing at first, but the message she sends is a urgent and inspiring one. A must-read for anyone aspiring to make the ocean part of their career!

Bryan R. Wyrostok
Sep 30, 2014

This is a 2006 book that explains the connection between life on the planet and the ocean that produced it and on which all species depend. Way back then, the ocean coral reefs were 80% gone in the Caribbean and 5% gone at the Great Barrier Reef. Seems like things are moving fast because now in 2014 GBReef is 40% gone.( it is the size of Finland). Time to wake up

IPL_Mandy Jun 14, 2014

It's common knowledge that our oceans aren't doing well, this book explains why in a very easy to read way. No need to be a scientist, we can all understand how animals eating plastic can only be a bad thing for our environment. Lots of information that will make you think about how you live your life and the products you consume.

Serving suggestion: organic, locally grown salad and roasted vegetable stir fry.

Feb 14, 2011

Excellent overview of the state of the global ocean. The author does a great job of conveying the issues in plain English and making a human connection with the scientists behind the research. A passionate plea for humanity to start caring about the ocean, and highly recommended by this SCUBA diver and ocean nerd!

Feb 13, 2011

very informative and makes you scared of the world

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