Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2009.
x, 161 p. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -152) and index.
"We have long lorded over the ocean. But only recently have we become aware of the myriad life-forms beneath its waves. We now know that this delicate ecosystem is our life-support system; it regulates the earth's temperatures and climate and comprises 99 percent of living space on earth. So when we change the chemistry of the whole ocean system, as we are now, life as we know it is threatened. In Seasick, veteran science journalist Alanna Mitchell dives beneath the surface of the world's oceans to give readers a sense of how this watery realm can be managed and preserved, and with it life on earth."--Publisher's description.
The last best place on Earth : Great Barrier Reef -- Reading the vital signs: oxygen : Gulf of Mexico -- Reading the vital signs: pH : Puerto Rico -- Reading the vital signs: metabolism : Plymouth, England -- Reading the vital signs: fecundity : Panama -- Reading the vital signs: life force : Halifax, Canada -- Reading the vital signs: medical history : Spain -- Reading the vital sign that is China : Haikou City -- Reading the vital signs: adaptability : Zanzibar -- Finding hope : the dry Tortugas -- Epilogue: a call for wisdom.