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Wild Sea - A History of the Southern Ocean (Hardcover) Loot Price: R462
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Wild Sea - A History of the Southern Ocean (Hardcover): Joy McCann

Wild Sea - A History of the Southern Ocean (Hardcover)

Joy McCann

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"The Southern Ocean is a wild and elusive place, an ocean like no other. With its waters lying between the Antarctic continent and the southern coastlines of Australia, New Zealand, South America, and South Africa, it is the most remote and inaccessible part of the planetary ocean, the only part that flows around Earth unimpeded by any landmass. It is notorious amongst sailors for its tempestuous winds and hazardous fog and ice. Yet it is a difficult ocean to pin down. Its southern boundary, defined by the icy continent of Antarctica, is constantly moving in a seasonal dance of freeze and thaw. To the north, its waters meet and mingle with those of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans along a fluid boundary that defies the neat lines of a cartographer." So begins Joy McCann's Wild Sea, the remarkable story of the world's remote Southern, or Antarctic, Ocean. Unlike the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, and Arctic Oceans with their long maritime histories, little is known about the Southern Ocean. This book takes readers beyond the familiar heroic narratives of polar exploration to explore the nature of this stormy circumpolar ocean and its place in Western and Indigenous histories. Drawing from a vast archive of charts and maps, sea captains' journals, whalers' log books, missionaries' correspondence, voyagers' letters, scientific reports, stories, myths, and her own experiences, McCann embarks on a voyage of discovery across its surfaces and into its depths, revealing its distinctive physical and biological processes as well as the people, species, events, and ideas that have shaped our perceptions of it. The result is both a global story of changing scientific knowledge about oceans and their vulnerability to human actions and a local one, showing how the Southern Ocean has defined and sustained southern environments and people over time. Beautifully and powerfully written, Wild Sea will raise a broader awareness and appreciation of the natural and cultural history of this little-known ocean and its emerging importance as a barometer of planetary climate change.

General

Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: April 2019
Authors: Joy McCann
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Sewn / Cloth over boards
Pages: 256
ISBN-13: 978-0-226-62238-5
Categories: Books > Humanities > Archaeology > Underwater archaeology
Books > Sport & Leisure > Natural history, country life & pets > General
Books > Earth & environment > Earth sciences > The hydrosphere > Oceanography (seas)
Books > Earth & environment > Geography > Physical geography > Coral reefs
LSN: 0-226-62238-X
Barcode: 9780226622385

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