In this masterful account in the spirit of Bill Bryson and Ian Frazier, a longtime deep-sea diver masterfully weaves together the science and history of Earth's last remaining frontier: the sea.
In an age of unprecedented exploration and innovation, our oceans remain largely unknown, and endlessly fascinating: full of mystery, danger, beauty, and inspiration. In Oceans Deepcelebrates the daring pioneers who tested the limits of what the human body can endure under water: free divers able to reach 300 feet on a single breath; engineers and scientists who uncovered the secrets of decompression; teenagers who built their own diving gear from discarded boilers and garden hoses in the 1930s; saturation divers who lived under water for weeks at a time in the 1960s; and the trailblazing men who voluntarily breathed experimental gases at pressures sufficient to trigger insanity.
Tracing both the little-known history and exciting future of how we travel and study the depths, Streever's captivating journey includes seventeenth-century leather-hulled submarines, their nuclear-powered descendants, a workshop where luxury submersibles are built for billionaire clients, and robots capable of roving unsupervised between continents, revolutionizing access to the ocean.
In this far-flung trip to the wild, night-dark place of shipwrecks, trapped submariners, oil wells, innovative technologies, and people willing to risk their lives while challenging the deep, we discover all the adventures our seas have to offer -- and why they are in such dire need of conservation.
examination of underwater adventuring...Mr. Streever's writing is lucid on
subjects ranging from gas chemistry to dredging to underwater robotics."
—Wall Street Journal
"A fascinating...journey for readers into a little-known world."
—Anchorage Daily News
"A fine writer with genuine sea credentials...Streever's book makes clear that the deep, though much closer to us, is still tantalizingly distant."
—Natural History Magazine
"In this homage-cum-history of human endeavor in the ocean
depths, biologist, writer and diver Bill Streever brings to light a region
less explored than the Moon."
"With a real knack for
storytelling, Streever evocatively puts the reader in the helmets, flippers,
and submersibles of sea explorers throughout history...Streever crafts a book to
be enjoyed by divers and general readers alike."
"Ultimately, this timely and richly told story became something the author did not intend: an invaluable survey of how much damage has
been done and how much we will lose if we don't protect the seas."—Booklist
buoyant, at times thrilling, account of the deep sea experience, perfect for
divers and other lovers of life beneath the waves."
tells a story that captures human fascination with the ocean, and encourages
readers to become more interested in what lies beneath the waves."
Bill Streever has written a gripping and important book about the sea,
its science, and the technologies we've invented to begin to experience it, but
also about our own humanity-and our future. I loved following him on this
extraordinary deep dive into the largest and still most mysterious realm of
this incredible planet we all share
—Juli Berwald, author of Spineless