The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss

The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss

On dry land, most organisms are confined to the surface, or at most to altitudes of a hundred meters—the height of the tallest trees. In the oceans, though, living space has both vertical and horizontal dimensions: with an average depth of 3800 meters, the oceans offer 99% of the space on Earth where life can develop. And the deep sea, which has been immersed in total darkness since the dawn of time, occupies 85% of ocean space, forming the planet’s largest habitat.  Yet these depths abound with mystery. The deep sea is mostly uncharted—only about 5 percent of the seafloor has been mapped with any reasonable degree of detail—and we know very little about the creatures that call it home. Current estimates about the number of species yet to be found vary between ten and thirty million.  The deep sea no longer has anything to prove; it is without doubt Earth’s largest reservoir of life.

Combining the latest scientific discoveries with astonishing color imagery, The Deep takes readers on a voyage into the darkest realms of the ocean. Revealing nature’s oddest and most mesmerizing creatures in crystalline detail, The Deep features more than two hundred color photographs of terrifying sea monsters, living fossils, and ethereal bioluminescent creatures, some photographed here for the very first time. Accompanying these breathtaking photographs are contributions from some of the world’s most respected researchers that examine the biology of deep-sea organisms, the ecology of deep-sea habitats, and the history of deep-sea exploration.

An unforgettable visual and scientific tour of the teeming abyss, The Deep celebrates the incredible diversity of life on Earth and will captivate anyone intrigued by the unseen—and unimaginable—creatures of the deep sea. 

Title:The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780226595665
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  • Peggy

    I am dotty. Giddy. Over the moon in love with The Deep. If I still had one, I'd be writing "Mr. & Mrs. The Deep" on my Trapper Keeper. With lots of little hearts. This is one of the most beautiful boo...

  • Lynn

    This was on the BBYA list from last year and I was not able to find it until this year. I highly recommend it for any collection and every coffeetable. It is an absolutely stunning book - a true visua...

  • Sarai

    The photographs in this book are AMAZING. The creatures are unusual and stunning and alien. My favorites: Fireworks physonect siphonophore on page 84 - looks like fireworks!; Larvae of Spantagoid hear...

  • Stephen

    I've been enjoying a gallery book devoted to the extraordinary creatures of the deep sea these past two weeks. Edited by Claire Nouvian, The Deep collects some of the best photography produced by the ...

  • Cindi

    Great book! With reluctance I take it back to the library. Come on! Check it out! You know you want to know what a Pigbutt worm looks like!!I checked this book out for me and the kids, thinking it wou...

  • Bonny

    The Deep is a book full of amazing photographs of extraordinary deep sea creatures. I checked it out of the library intending to look at the stunning pictures, but found myself engrossed in the text. ...

  • lizzie

    It's full of amazing (not entirely believable) photographs of crazy deep sea critters it's got it's own web site, you can see lots of them here http://www.thedeepbook.org/. But still, it's far from pe...

  • Elaine Meszaros

    This book is gorgeous. While the subject matter, sea creatures of the deepest abysses, is certainly fascinating the pictures are what makes this book so wonderful. Some show perfect, tiny jeweled crea...

  • Alex

    Coffee table book that my wife got me for Christmas. It's got pretty pictures! And the accompanying text is really nicely done. This book is great.If you were totally mesmerized by the Deep episode of...

  • HBalikov

    Beautiful photos and text describe the world at the depths of our oceans. Only a handful of people have viewed this world before and we are just beginning to understand how it relates to the larger ec...