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Abyss: The Deep Sea and the Creatures That Live In It Hardcover – 1971

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Crowell; Revised edition (1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0690052146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0690052145
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,897,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By KPDR87 on April 7, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Abyss (1964), written by professor C. P. Idyll, is a fascinating read on life in the deep sea. Although very outdated (it was written before hydrothermal vents and cold seeps had been discovered), it's still interesting to read about what was known at the time. Idyll begins by talking about the deep sea environment (depth, pressure, light, etc.) and marine life in general, and then goes on to talk about the various life forms found in the deep, including plankton, benthic and pelagic invertebrates (mainly echinoderms and cnidarians), cephalopods, fish (including anglerfish, lanternfish, viperfish and dragonfish, and hatchetfish, among others) and their adaptations to this extreme environment (bioluminescence, size, feeding habits, etc.), and even sea monsters. He talks excitedly about "recent discoveries" such as monoplacophorans (limpet-like molluscs) and pogonophorans (beardworms). It includes a number of really cool black-and-white drawings and photos, an appendix on the classification of the phyla mentioned in the book, a list of books on the deep sea, and an index. It's a great read for anyone interested in deep sea life.
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