Blue Machine

Blue Machine: How the Ocean Shapes Our World

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Hardback Published on: 01/06/2023
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All of the Earth's ocean, from the equator to the poles, is a single engine powered by sunlight - a blue machine. Earth is home to a huge story that is rarely told - that of our ocean. Not the fish or the dolphins, but the massive ocean engine itself: what it does, why it works, and the many ways it has influenced animals, weather and human history & culture. In a book that will recalibrate our view of this defining feature of our planet, physicist Helen Czerski dives deep to illuminate the murky depths of the ocean engine, examining the messengers, passengers and voyagers that live in it, travel over it, and survive because of it. 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. Timely, elegant and passionately argued, Blue Machine presents a fresh perspective on what it means to be a citizen of an ocean planet. The understanding it offers is crucial to our future. 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.

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781911709107
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Weight: 704g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 41 mm

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Blue Machine
Take a voyage on the global ocean
The oceans are full of water, and water is just water, so there’s not much to know, right? Wrong. Far from being homogenous, the water in our oceans varies... READ MORE
Anne O'Connell
Blue Machine
Brilliant book
I haven't actually finished reading this book yet but I am so loving it that I can't hold back from telling everyone! Her subject - the Blue Machine - the... READ MORE
Cecilia Weston-Baker
Blue Machine
knowledgeable and passionate author
Ms Czerski is obviously very knowledgeable and passionate about her subject, particularly trying to get people to stop and think about the ocean and how vi... READ MORE
Blue Machine
A riveting insight into the world’s oceanography. I found this author’s knowledge and obvious passion for the subject, really inspiring and it’s amazing to... READ MORE
Gillian Frost
Blue Machine
History, geography and personal experience
This wonderful book provides a framework for every snippet of ocean related adventure or natural wonder you’ve ever come across. Whether it’s Amundsen’s Fr... READ MORE
Veronica  Richards