The Sea Around Us is one of the most influential books ever written about our natural world. Rachel Carson shows her ability to combine scientific insight with poetic prose.
Evokes power & primacy of bodies of water. Visualises earth cooling under an endlessly overcast sky, centuries of non-stop rain that created oceans, giant squids battling whales hundreds of fathoms below the sea, fury of tides moving 100 billion tons of water daily in a bay, seismic tsunamis that remind of oceans overwhelming potential.
Today, oceans are endangered by dumping of waste, ecological disasters like oil spill in Alaska, gradual death of Great Barrier Reef, melting of polar ice caps. A timely reminder of both the fragility & centrality of oceans, life that abounds both within & around. Anyone who loves the sea would love reading this classic work.