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Blue Machine: How the Ocean Shapes Our World

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In a book that will recalibrate our view of this defining feature of our planet, physicist Helen Czerski dives deep to illuminate the murky depths of the ocean engine, examining the messengers, passengers and voyagers that live in it, travel over it, and survive because of it. From the ancient Polynesians who navigated the Pacific by reading the waves to permanent residents of the deep such as the Greenland shark that can live for hundreds of years, she explains the vast currents, invisible ocean walls and underwater waterfalls that all have their place in the ocean’s complex, interlinked system. This beautifully written, sweeping guide shows how the deep movement of the seas have ruled our lives in unexpected ways over millennia. I love Helen Czerski’s writing, and this is her richest work yet—as clear as springwater, yet as filled with fascinating things as the ocean itself. She has been a science columnist for the Wall Street Journal since 2017 and she is the author of the bestselling Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life , Bubbles: A Ladybird Expert Book, and Blue Machine: how the ocean shapes our world .

Cerzski's personal experience of both Polynesian canoes off Hawaii and ice floes near the North Pole is not icing on the cake but part of the argument of this excellent and important book. Reading this book has made me realise just how much the oceans do to keep our planet at the right temperature for life to exist and function. It is accepted by you that Daunt Books has no control over additional charges in relation to customs clearance.Some of the stories that she uses to illustrate the text are superb, like the ones dealing with underwater acoustic communicaton and how this relates to whales. Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's pageview limit. She is also a columnist for Focus magazine, shortlisted for PPA columnist of the year in 2014, and has written numerous articles for national newspapers.

All of the Earth's ocean, from the equator to the poles, is a single engine powered by sunlight - a blue machine. If you have an interest in the natural world, the climate and oceans then this is a book I would definitely recommend. We are experiencing delays with deliveries to many countries, but in most cases local services have now resumed. Interestingly, satellite imagery has shown a significant increase in green growth in the oceans recently.A catastrophe for catastrophists perhaps, but most people would consider more life in the oceans actually a good thing. Drawing on years of experience at the forefront of marine science, Helen Czerski captures the magnitude and subtlety of Earth's defining feature, showing us the thrilling extent to which we are at the mercy of this great engine. In this captivating and urgently needed book, Helen Czerski weaves a wonderful, watery spell, entwining spectacular science with poetic awe as she expertly guides readers through the workings of a vast, unfamiliar world. This is a delightful account of one of the deepest and most fascinating explorations going on today at the frontier of our knowledge. I was intrigued to learn that the faeces of blue whales, which are rich in iron and also float, contribute to marine growth.

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