Bugs of the OceanBook - 2012
In this series of three books, the author escorts the reader on a fascinating and inspiring exploration of areas of the biological world unseen and unknown by most. In each volume, the author presents often complex scientific ideas in a style that is lively and easily understood. Together with stunning 3D images, taken using one of the most modern and powerful scanning electron microscopes available, the books present a unique portrait of the biosphere. Volume 1 showcases the complexity and beauty of microscopic organisms that inhabit the oceans from surface waters to the sea floor. A huge variety of small planktonic species make up the 'grass' of the oceans: these not only represent the 'fuel' on which all other marine species depend, they have also had a significant impact on the evolution of the biosphere. This is the starting point for a lively discussion and systematic portrait of ocean biology at the microscopic level. Some of the small organisms living on the sea floor have adapted to living at extreme depths, an environment characterised by darkness, cold and high pressure. All, however, depend on the activities of plankton living in sunlit waters often many thousands of metres above. Microscopic Worlds will appeal to readers of all ages. The author makes no assumptions about what the reader knows about science, but ultimately it will be the images that initiate a desire to know more. The more we appreciate the complexity and importance of small organisms and the minute systems making up larger organisms, the more likely we are individually to take a concern in, and respond to, global environmental degradation.
Publisher: Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2012.
Branch Call Number: 570 SWA
Characteristics: xii, 95 p. :,ill. ;,26 cm.