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The silent landscape : the scientific voyage of HMS Challenger, Richard Corfield

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The silent landscape : the scientific voyage of HMS Challenger
Title
The silent landscape
Title remainder
the scientific voyage of HMS Challenger
Statement of responsibility
Richard Corfield
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Annotation
  • Annotation
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Corfield, R. M
Dewey number
508
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Q115
LC item number
.C79 2003eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Challenger Expedition
  • Oceanography
  • Challenger Expedition
  • NATURE
  • NATURE
  • TRAVEL
  • Oceanography
Summary expansion
  • In 1872, the HMS </Challenger/> set out on a three-and-a- half year mission that was responsible, according to Corfield (Oxford U., UK), for laying the foundations of oceanography and marine geology. He narrates the voyage, describing both the discoveries of the crew and the current scientific knowledge about their finds. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
  • The oceans make up more than two-thirds of the Earth's surface. But they are as mysterious for what they conceal beneath their surfaces as they are familiar for their ubiquity. Deep below the familiar swell of waves lies an alien world that we have only begun to explore. The quest to know more about this secret domain began in earnest in the late 1800s. In 1859, Charles Darwin's book "Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection set the scientific world abuzz with its theories on evolution. Scientists became increasingly convinced that the ocean floor could provide proof--or refutation--of Darwin's theory of natural selection. They believed that the deep sea was a haven for life that had long been extinct on land and that obscure fossil evidence culled from the depths could provide us with information on species that no longer existed topside. With its emphasis on locating and retrieving fossil records, that would test the new theory of evolution, "Challenger's voyage was nothing less than a mission to choose between God and science. Sailing three and a half years and 69,000 nautical miles through tropical heat waves and the stupefying cold of the Antarctic seas, the men of "Challenger suffered storms, privations of hunger, and crushing boredom of deep-sea dredging. Yet by the end of the expedition, "Challenger gathered thousands of samples from the ocean bed and mapped enormous areas of undersea terrain. The final result was a roaring success. Most startling of all was the revelation that the ocean was not a silent landscape that serenely reflected Earth's past--it was a gloriously vibrant ecosystem teeming with life characterized by variety and multitude on a scale we couldscarcely imagine from our landlocked perspective. Relying on the official documentation, logs, and journals of the ship's company, "The Silent Landscape recounts the tale of an extraordinary voyage brought to life by 21st-century s
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The silent landscape : the scientific voyage of HMS Challenger, Richard Corfield
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-259) and index
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
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Contents
Threshold of the deep -- The desert under the sea -- The restless earth -- Kingdoms of mud and lime -- Climate triggers and Bermudan secrets -- Kelp and cold light -- The library of time -- The grim latitudes -- The lost world -- The echoes of evolution -- The groaning planet -- Dreams of big science
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53987522
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1 online resource (xiv, 285 pages)
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online
Isbn
9780309505901
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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illustrations
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)53987522
Label
The silent landscape : the scientific voyage of HMS Challenger, Richard Corfield
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-259) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Threshold of the deep -- The desert under the sea -- The restless earth -- Kingdoms of mud and lime -- Climate triggers and Bermudan secrets -- Kelp and cold light -- The library of time -- The grim latitudes -- The lost world -- The echoes of evolution -- The groaning planet -- Dreams of big science
Control code
53987522
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 285 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780309505901
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)53987522

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