World Atlas of the OceansBook - 2001
A comprehensive atlas of the ocean brings together the wealth of material that has been found through deep sea exploration - including many maps that have never been published before.
Just as humans scale the highest mountains, they also explore the deepest depths of the world's oceans. In this lavish atlas, a variety of maps depict the fascinating geographical landmarks of the ocean floor: volcanoes that rise suddenly from the deep ocean; seamounts and ridges that contain rich mineral deposits; shipwrecks (the Titanic is only one example among many); and marine life in the hidden depths of the ocean that until now has been invisible to humans.
Deep-sea exploration is one of the great achievements of the twentieth century. Expeditions to the bottom of the sea, for example Picard's groundbreaking explorations in a submersible, made sensational news. Still, these excursions to the deepest places on earth were isolated events. It wasn't until after the Second World War that a comprehensive picture of the ocean floor began to emerge. World Atlas of the Oceans brings these images together in a new and truly unique look at the oceans. The General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (or GEBCO), contained in this atlas, has never been published. And, relief maps and satellite images of the oceans provide detailed pictures of the hidden recesses of the world's oceans.
World Atlas of the Oceans is the only cartographic work of its kind to document the ocean floor with its mountains, volcanoes, fracture zones, and outline of tectonic plates in such amazing detail.
This volume presents the important discoveries of modern marine exploration and oceanography. Balthymetric charts of the ocean floor, insets of panoramic drawings, deep sea charts, satellite images, previously unpublished charts of the North and Baltic Seas, and detailed relief, historical, and thematic maps provide the geological history of the Earth's oceans and their current incarnations. In addition, the text discusses the oceans' animal life and underwater phenomena; how the oceans were formed and their continuing transformation; their relationship to climate, weather, sun and air; and currents, trade winds, mineral resources, major shipping routes, shallows, and straits. Illustrated with 200-plus color photographs and drawings. Oversize: 10.75x14. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)