Yes, humans are destroying Earth's oceans - i.e., over 70 percent of our own (and only) planet. Yet despite the ominous title, marine biologist Richard Ellis' The Empty Ocean isn't all doom and gloom. Although its true that the world's oceans are becoming increasingly polluted and depleted, their surviving flora and fauna remain awe-inspiring. Moreover, it's not entirely this generation's fault: the present state of the sea is due to thousands upon thousands of years of human interference. Outlining the economic, political, historical, and biological factors that have contributed to the extinction of species, the depletion of worldwide fisheries, the rising sea levels, the acidification of the ocean, and more, Ellis combines elegant prose with detailed line drawings to reveal the marvels of marine life while reminding readers that time is running out. Science and Nature Newsletter August 2014.
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