Blue Machine: How the Ocean Shapes Our World

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Blue Machine: How the Ocean Shapes Our World

Blue Machine: How the Ocean Shapes Our World

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Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's daily session limit. A scientist’s exploration of the "ocean engine"—the physics behind the ocean’s systems—and why it matters. From the ancient Polynesians who navigated the Pacific by reading the waves, to permanent residents of the deep such as the Greenland shark that can live for hundreds of years, she introduces the messengers, passengers, and voyagers that rely on interlinked systems of vast currents, invisible ocean walls, and underwater waterfalls. Czerski's] profound, sparkling global ocean voyage mingles history and culture, natural history, geography, animals and people.

This book reminds us that we are the crew (not passengers) of a blue planet and explains in such beautiful detail how the functioning of those oceans (the blue machine in Helen’s words) is absolutely crucial to the continued health of every life form on the planet. Czerski brings the oceans alive with compelling stories that masterfully navigate this most complex system.Drawing on years of experience at the forefront of marine science, Helen Czerski captures the magnitude and subtlety of Earth's defining feature, showing us the thrilling extent to which we are at the mercy of this great engine.

I was intrigued to learn that the faeces of blue whales, which are rich in iron and also float, contribute to marine growth. She is also a columnist for Focus magazine, shortlisted for PPA columnist of the year in 2014, and has written numerous articles for national newspapers.THE TIMES BOOK OF THE WEEK: 'This beautifully written, sweeping guide shows how the deep movement of the seas have ruled our lives in unexpected ways over millennia. Blending marine biology, history and climate change concerns with novelistic skill, Blue Machine is a spellbinding exploration of the ocean – its complex, interlinked system and the multitude of ways life on the rest of the planet depends on it. The author does include science in this book, but it is explained in a way that is completely understandable to a non-science-brained person. I thought this book was so well laid out and explained and I definitely closed the book at the end knowing I knew more now than I did before. Most important, however, Czerski reveals that while the ocean engine has sustained us for thousands of years, today it is faced with urgent threats.

Reading this book has made me realise just how much the oceans do to keep our planet at the right temperature for life to exist and function. Far from being homogenous, the water in our oceans varies in temperature, salinity and depth, among other things. Helen Czerski, urging us to see the ocean as a presence, not an absence, has done a remarkable job of shoehorning an overview of the whole shebang into a single, very readable volume. Part 2 is "Travelling the Blue Machine" This looks at life in the oceans and on the oceans and has 3 sections covering, messengers, passengers and voyagers. From the ancient Polynesians who navigated the Pacific by reading the waves to permanent residents of the deep such as the Greenland shark that can live for hundreds of years, she explains the vast currents, invisible ocean walls and underwater waterfalls that all have their place in the ocean's complex, interlinked system.Helen Czerski is a consummate storyteller…In places you’ll drift serenely among corals or dense kelp forests, in others you’ll ride Atlantic breakers or fear for your life in a tropical storm…When you resurface, you will be bursting with enthusiasm and wonder and you’ll understand how the ocean works and more besides.

If you have an interest in the natural world, the climate and oceans then this is a book I would definitely recommend. We use Google Analytics to see what pages are most visited, and where in the world visitors are visiting from. By understanding how the ocean works, and its essential role in our global system, we can learn how to protect our blue machine. Czerski aims to greatly expand and even revolutionise the reader’s understanding of what is going on in seven tenths of the planet that is not covered in land. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University College London.

Through stories of history, culture, and animals, she explains how water temperature, salinity, gravity, and the movement of Earth’s tectonic plates all interact in a complex dance, supporting life at the smallest scale—plankton—and the largest—giant sea turtles, whales, humankind. The ocean is also affected by climate change and this is becoming more and more obvious as great swathes of ice are melting, we are experiencing more run-offs into the rivers and oceans and we are interfering with the delicate balance. Who would have thought that the detailed study of whale's ear wax would show important aspects of their physionlogy? These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc. Czerski argues throughout that to truly see the miraculous oceans, to understand and to feel our connection to them, is vital and integral to our history and our future.

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