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  • ASIN: B00005WRPC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fan of Time-Life Books on August 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Sea is one of twenty-five volumes in the Life Nature Library. Published by Time-Life books in the 1960s, this series portrays the many aspects of the natural world. Despite its age, The Sea is a good, basic introduction to oceanography. Topics covered include the history of oceanography, the sea floor, waves, tides, currents, life in the sea, and how humans have used and will likely use the sea for food, energy, and minerals. As with other books in this series, there are many illustrations which supplement the reading. The chapter on sharks was especially fascinating. An appendix of important dates in ocean exploration is included. If you want a highly readable, non-technical book on the ocean then this book is for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Magellan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 16, 2013
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The 25 volume Life Nature Library was a landmark in science and nature writing back in the early 60s. It was written at a time of heightened awareness of the importance of science education in the U.S. when the Russians beat us into space with Sputnik, the first satellite, in 1957, and later with Yuri Gagarin, the first man into space. Today with the Russians now emerging capitalists and the U.S. having won the Cold War, it's hard to imagine the anxiety and fear that those events inspired over here, along with the related concern that the Russians were also leading us in science and math education. And in fact, they were and oddly enough in some ways still do.

This amazing series came out of that climate. With beautiful photo essays and extremely well written text by top science and nature writers there was nothing like it for the young reader at the time. It was also a time when companies like Time and Life were still powerhouses in the publishing industry and had the resources to undertake large projects like this. This volume by Leonard Engel, a top science/nature writer at the time, whose other works included The New Genetics and the Junior Encyclopedia of Science, kicked off the series and was one of my favorites. It was my first introduction to topics like sea life and sea ecology, biological and physical oceanography, undersea geology, the effect of the oceans on our weather and climate, and even ocean engineering. Although intended for younger readers at the time, don't let that mislead you as it assumes a level of scientific literacy that no longer exists these days even among adults in the U.S. anymore, as another reviewer here already observed reviewing the volume on The Earth.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Satin Bow on August 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Pictures of many things most of us will never see in real life in our lifetime.
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By Rachelle D. Hollander on January 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This somewhat dated compendium of information about the ocean and ocean life has the positive attribute of wonderful photos and illustrations, as well as a broad ranging and inclusive discussion. For children fascinated with sea creatures and their living environment, this volume is likely to be appreciated.
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