Publishers Alfred A. Knopf and the undersigned are pleased to announce the
publication of DEEP ATLANTIC: LIFE, DEATH, AND EXPLORATION IN THE ABYSS.
Here is a pre-publication review:
Ellis, Richard. DEEP ATLANTIC: LIFE, DEATH, AND EXPLORATION IN THE ABYSS.
Knopf. Oct. 1996. c. 400 p. illus. bibliog. index.
LC 95-46523. ISBN 0-679-43324-4. $35.
Ellis (Monsters of the Sea, LJ 11/1/94) has written another fascinating
account of the exploration of the last frontier on Earth: the bottom of the
sea. Using fiction, such as Jules Verne's "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the
Sea," he describes our fascination with and imagining of the unknown ocean.
He traces the history of Atlantic exploration from exporers' early voyages
to the development of ever more sophisticated submarines and submersibles.
Ellis is entertaining, as when he describes the ramming of the "Alvin" by a
swordfish. But descriptions of tragedy, such as the sinking of "Sea-Link,"
provide a realistic balance to the continuing progress of exploration and
seemingly unhampered development of vehicles that could go deeper for longer
periods of time. The chapters on creatures of the deep are clear, accurate,
and well-written. Highly recommended for all general science collections.
For information on inscribed copies, you may contact the author at
17 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10003
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