The Silent Deep: The Discovery, Ecology, and Conservation of the Deep Sea
by Tony Koslow
University of Chicago Press, 2007
Paper: 978-0-226-45126-8 | Cloth: 978-0-226-45125-1
Library of Congress Classification QH541.5.D35K67 2007
Dewey Decimal Classification 578.77
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The Silent Deep tells the story of the exploration and discovery of the deep sea, the ecology of its diverse environments, and the impact of humans, highlighting the importance of global stewardship in keeping this delicate ecosystem alive and well. Written by world renowned deep-sea ecologist Tony Koslow, this book is a comprehensive and authoritative overview of the state of the deep sea today, accessible to anyone interested in ocean science, the story of scientific discovery, and conservation of the earth’s most threatened ecosystems.
“Koslow deals a decisive blow to the notion that the deep sea can ever be immune from unregulated human activities. . . . The historical review of deep-sea biology is the most comprehensive I have ever read.”—Adrian Glover, Times Literary Supplement
“Deeply informed by history and rendered in straightforward, careful prose.”—Anthony Doerr, Boston Globe
“This beautifully produced book tells an urgent story with clarity and grace.”—Choice
“Stands apart from other books about life in the abyss due to Tony Koslow’s thoughtful accounts. . . . [He] succeeds in painting a picture of the deep sea as an environment with inherent and threatened value.”—Science
“Textbook depth on all aspects of deep-sea science and conservation. . . . [An] exhaustively researched and referenced volume with a historical review stretching back to Socrates.”—Mark Schrope, Nature
“An important textbook and viewpoint that is highly recommended for anyone with a professional or personal interest in deep-sea ecosystems.”—Quarterly Review of Biology
Tony Koslow is director of the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations program at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, California.
"The Silent Deep...stands apart from other books about life in the abyss due to Tony Koslow’s thoughtful accounts of deep-water fisheries, mineral exploitation, habitat destruction, and contamination of the deep-ocean wilderness and his call for new strategies for managing ocean resources....Koslow succeeds in painting a picture of the deep sea as an environment with inherent and threatened value."
“The Silent Deep is a call-to-arms, inspiring us with descriptions of the unusual adaptations and great diversity of deep-sea organisms, educating us about the colorful history of research in this difficult environment, and most importantly alerting us to threats that may rapidly deplete the oceans’ richness. . . . I hope ecologists and policy-makers will read Tony Koslow’s book, because it describes a world that is poorly known by the vast majority of scientists and remains unseen by most of humanity. The Silent Deep, along with the photo essays like the extraordinary coffee-table book The Deep, should draw the attention of a wider audience to this obscure realm. We need these books to convince policy maker and votes that this is a world worth knowing and protecting.”