Song for the Blue Ocean: Encounters Along the World's Coasts and Beneath the Seas

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Macmillan, Jun 15, 1999 - Nature - 458 pages
To understand the connections between the sea and our own survival, Carl Safina, a world-respected scientist and fisherman, probes for truth in this tour of the oceans and their peoples. Part odyssey, part pilgrimage, this epic personal narrative follows the author's exploration of coasts, islands, reefs, and the sea's abyssal depths. Carl Safina takes readers on a global journey of discovery beneath the world's changing seas, deftly weaving adventure, political analysis, and science into a story about the human condition. We accompany people whose lives and occupations in and by the oceans unfold in a drama of clashing personal histories and daily struggles for existence.
 

Contents

Northeast
3
The Gulf of Maine
9
Ogunquit
25
Cape Cod Bay
48
Shores of Three Continents
78
South of Block
109
Northwest
117
Yaquina Head
124
The Dalles and Umatilla
242
Golden State
263
Far Pacific
303
Malakal
310
Koror
327
Ollei
350
Hong Kong
384
Sulu
408

Yachats
137
Valley of Giants Mountains of Gods
164
On the Ground
182
Astoria
195
Columbia Gorge
213
Epilogue
435
Selected Bibliography
441
Index
445
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Carl Safina 's work has been recognized with MacArthur, Pew, and Guggenheim Fellowships, and his writing has won Orion, Lannan, and National Academies literary awards and the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals. He has a PhD in ecology from Rutgers University. Safina is the inaugural holder of the endowed chair for nature and humanity at Stony Brook University, where he co-chairs the steering committee of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and is founding president of the not-for-profit Safina Center. He hosted the 10-part PBS series Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina. His writing appears in The New York Times, National Geographic, Audubon, Orion, and other periodicals and on the Web at National Geographic News and Views, Huffington Post, and CNN.com. Carl's books include Voyage of the Turtle, Becoming Wild, and The View from Lazy Point.

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