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Oceanology: The True Account of the Voyage of the Nautilus (Ologies) Hardcover – August 25, 2009
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About the Author
David Wyatt is Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he has been named a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher. His books include Prodigal Sons: A Study in Authorship and Authority, The Fall into Eden: Landscape and Imagination in California (Cambridge, 1986), Out of the Sixties: Storytelling and the Vietnam Generation (Cambridge, 1993), and When America Turned: Reckoning with 1968. Wyatt's essays have appeared in American Literature, The Kenyon Review, The Hopkins Review and South Atlantic Quarterly.
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Combining science, history and adventure, OCEANOLOGY explores the facts and fictions of the earth's oceans and uses the Jules Verne classic TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA as a clever framework. The idea here is that the fictional Professor Aronnax, Captain Nemo and others from the Verne novel were real figures, and Verne himself learned about them, and the fate of The Nautilus, from Zoticus deLessups (Verne having taken the name from the famous developer of the Suez Canal, Ferdinand deLessups), who lived out the rest of his life in an asylum after having created the journal that is OCEANOLOGY. As far-fetched as the setup seems, it works well here. For young readers there is the adventure of Zoticus to draw them in and the science of the ocean to keep them fascinated.
Though the book is the supposed record of the journey, it is filled with amazing information on marine biology (a seabed map, charts on ocean life at various depths, introductions to concepts such as the thermal cycle, surface currents and much, much more). Readers will also glean knowledge about navigation and navigational tools, the history of diving, coral reefs, plate tectonics, and fanciful topics like mythical ocean beasts and the myth of Atlantis.Read more ›
Great book, I am very happy to have come upon it.
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Great book because they aren't standard and my 8 year old has a lot of fun going through everything in this. Lots to look at and full of info that an 8 year old boy focuses on.Published 3 months ago by C. Wall
Love this whole series of books. Great all my kids love them and even buy them for gifts.Published 3 months ago by sarah r
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