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The Gulf Stream : Tiny Plankton, Giant Bluefin, and the Amazing Story of the Powerful River in the Atlantic - Stan Ulanski

The Gulf Stream

Tiny Plankton, Giant Bluefin, and the Amazing Story of the Powerful River in the Atlantic

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Coursing through the Atlantic Ocean is a powerful current with a force 300 times that of the mighty Amazon. Ulanski explores the fascinating science and history of this sea highway known as the Gulf Stream, a watery wilderness that stretches from the Caribbean to the North Atlantic. Spanning both distance and time, Ulanski's investigation reveals how the Gulf Stream affects and is affected by every living thing that encounters it--from tiny planktonic organisms to giant bluefin tuna, from ancient mariners to big-game anglers. He examines the scientific discovery of ocean circulation, the role of ocean currents in the settlement of the New World, and the biological life teeming in the stream.

Valuable. . . . A multilayered and eminently insightful book about the way the natural world works.--The Texas Observer


Ulanski takes readers on a dizzying trip within, afloat and around the Gulf Stream. . . . This multifaceted treatment of 'the blue god' offers something for almost every kind of ocean lover.--Publishers Weekly


Ulanski is a scientist but doesn't write like one. His book is jam-packed with facts, but they are so gracefully integrated into the text that it's only when you come up for air that you realize you've been learning all along.--The Wall Street Journal


Historical examples add interest. . . . The sections on life and travel in the Gulf Stream are the most interesting and readable and will appeal to general readers.--Library Journal


Will fascinate a wide variety of readers. . . . Ulanski does an inspired job carrying centuries of information to the modern reader.--The Virginian Pilot


Ulanski makes clear the connections between the physical world and human activity through history.--McCormick Messenger


Includes a fascinating account of the Gulf Stream's role in history.--Science News


Takes the reader on a pelagic voyage about the Atlantic Ocean and through time.--California Literary Review


Provides the layperson a synopsis of the physical origin, general biology, and rich exploration history of the Gulf Stream. . . . A concise, engaging blend of science and history.--Choice


The book's strength is its versatility. It can be used in an introductory oceanography or environmental science class, and is also geared to nature and outdoor enthusiasts with its section on marine life and fishing. History buffs will appreciate the power of the Gulf Stream in setting the stage for settlement in the Americas.--ForeWord Magazine

ISBN: 9780807871577
ISBN-10: 0807871575
Series: Caravan Book
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 3rd September 2010
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Type: New edition