From the discovery of the Titanic to the Search for Noah's Flood this large format book is a chronicle of man's interaction with the sea and the personal experiences behind the heart of modern undersea exploration.
In an era when satellite photographs chart even the most remote land masses in astonishing detail, the vast majority of our planet lies unrevealed beneath the ocean. In this watery wilderness, an environment every bit as inaccessible as space, Dr. Robert Ballard has pursued an extraordinary dual career as a marine scientist and a pioneering discoverer.
One of our leading oceanographers and a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Ballard describes plunging 12,000 feet to the floor of the Atlantic, finding new life in the superheated water around hydrothermal vents on the Pacific seabed, and locating scores of wrecks, from Phoenician galleys to the Nazi battleship Bismarck. We peer from the cramped cabin of a research submarine at bioluminescent fish glowing in the sunless depths, gasp for air as the bathyscaphe Archimede fills with acrid smoke a mile beneath the surface of the sea, and join a crack team of technicians on the bridge of a research ship as they 'fly" a state-of-the-art unmanned submersible over the Titanic's ghostly hull.
But this lavishly illustrated book does much more than chronicle Ballard's own unique experiences: Intertwined with his vivid first person narrative is a concise history of humankind's age-old relationship with the oceans. Along with the giants of modern undersea exploration-Cousteau, Beebe, Piccard-he introduces the fabled seamen of the past, from ancient Phoenician, Polynesian, and Chinese sailors to such great names as Magellan, Columbus, Drake, and Cook. He explains how ships evolved from simple coastal craft to the most complex machines known to man, and shows how the search for new trade routes and the sheer love of adventure led captains ever farther over the horizon. He traces the development of navigation, naval warfare, marine science, and much more.
Capturing all the irresistible lure of the sea in nearly 200 vivid illustrations and a lively text that spans thousands of years of seafaring and oceanography, this is a book as expansive as its subject and filled with fascinating information, stirring history, and a full measure of the infectious excitement of discovery Robert Ballard knows so well.
The Ancient Depths
The Mysterious Sea
Linking the Shores
The New World
War at Sea
Science Beneath the Sea
The Living Ocean
The Museum of the Deep
Bob Ballard is the preeminent pioneer in truly deep sea exploration…
From the Rear Cover:
Few men know the ocean as well as Robert Ballard. A pioneering marine scientist, he has dived in submersibles in all the planet's oceans, contributed key pieces to such scientific puzzles as plate .tectonics and deep-ocean biology, and located scores of wrecked ships all over the world, including the doomed liner Titanic and the battered hulk of the German battleship Bismarck. Now, in this generously illustrated chronicle of our age-old fascination with the sea, he interweaves his experiences at the heart of modern undersea exploration with a vivid account of thousands of years of seafaring and discovery, as his own most exciting and important dives become the starting points for an odyssey through time that introduces the greatest sailors and voyages of history and sketches the evolution of ships and navigation from the first reed boats to the nuclear submarines of today.