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The sea around us
The middle of the 20th century was an groundbreaking time for the scientific study of the seas, with an increasing ability to explore their depths, as well as new knowledge from geology and biology. Rachel Carson's The sea around us allows the reader to participate in some of the excitement of this time. Of course, many of the topics are no longer new, but this classic work is very much still worth reading for Carson's unique 'word picture' descriptions, and her deep love of the seas which it demonstrates.
The first part of the book is concerned with life in the seas, starting with a look at how it evolved and going on to look at the nature of life in various marine environments, and in particular in the depths of the ocean. The second part of the book examines the movement of the seas, looking at waves, tides and ocean currents. The final part looks at man's relationship with the sea - the benefits which it provides for us. The book covers a wealth of material in a small space, but never seems hurried, and it is recommended to readers who want to learn about the seas but also appreciate the inspiring nature of Carson's writing.