“Of the five books that I chose, this is definitely the most scientific one. It’s written by Robert Kunzig, a former National Geographic writer, and it’s beautifully done. It’s about twenty years old, but it stands the test of time. Kunzig chronicles major discoveries in various areas of ocean science. There’s an excellent chapter on early attempts to map the ocean floor by satellite. In the Eighties, William Haxby, a scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in upstate New York, came up with a method to read the surface and the gravity of the ocean. From that, he was able to determine the general shape of the seafloor. This was a huge step forward in ocean mapping…Kunzig’s book also contains wonderful writing on fascinating deep sea organisms that we’re still figuring out today. It’s a great primer on the various areas that are being researched in ocean science and provides a solid grounding on what scientists are exploring and the questions they’re asking about the ocean.” Read more...
The Best Books of Ocean Journalism