From shore to ocean floor

Gill Arbuthnott

Book - 2023

From sandy beaches to mysterious, inky depths, and seen from space. Earth is a swirl of blue and white. The blue is Earth's oceans, which cover 70 percent of its surface. Yet the ocean is the most unexplored region of our planet. From Shore to Ocean Floor is the story of how humans went from building the first boats to discovering the secrets of the deep. Marvel at incredible scientific discoveries, be dazzled by some of the most exciting new species, and admire the incredible people who took the very first steps below the surface.

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Informational works
Creative nonfiction
Picture books
Somerville, Massachusetts : Big Picture Press, an imprint of Candlewick Press 2023.
Main Author
Gill Arbuthnott (author)
Other Authors
Christopher Nielsen, 1973- (illustrator)
First US edition
Item Description
"The human journey to the deep" -- Cover.
"First published by Big Picture Press, an imprint of Bonnier Books UK, 2021."
Note from the author.
Physical Description
77 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 31 cm
  • Shore
  • First investigation
  • Breathing underwater
  • Lost at sea
  • Staying under
  • The undersea world
  • The seafloor
  • Into the abyss
  • Discoveries from the deep
  • Why the oceans matter.
Review by Kirkus Book Review

Humans and the sea: the past, present, and possible future. From the timeline (8000 B.C.E.-2020 C.E.), inventively depicted as a winding path interspersed with images, to examinations of global myths and those who explored the seas, this book merges informative text and dynamic graphics to tell the exciting story of oceans and how we use (and abuse) them. How are waves formed? How many species of animals and plants live in the oceans? How deep is the ocean? Arbuthnott lucidly explains ocean-related technology such as submarines, marine biology, and some physics and geology. Her coverage of scientists, explorers, and other individuals is inclusive; she discusses women scientists like Marie Tharp, Gloria Hollister, Jeanne Baret, and Asha de Vos; Japanese pearl divers; the Inuit historian Louie Kamookak; and others. Descriptions of those who sought to salvage treasures from shipwrecks are as compelling as details of the treasures of sea-borne knowledge. As in her other guides, Arbuthnott balances accuracy and entertainment. The anecdotes are fascinating, complemented by Nielsen's dramatic illustrations; an account of a routine 1939 submarine test dive that went horribly wrong, illustrated with graphic novel--style panels, is especially gripping. Colorful, clear, and chock-full of information, this book invites readers to dive in. (Nonfiction. 8-12) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.