From the Discovery of the Titanic to the Quest for Noah's Ark.
From the premier oceanographer and bestselling National Geographic explorer-in-residence - a lavishly illustrated, up-close account of modern undersea exploration and a vivid survey of the history of seafaring discovery.
The oceans cover three-quarters of the globe's surface and are centrally responsible for all of life on Earth. In a watery wilderness that is every bit as inaccessible as space, Dr Robert Ballard - perhaps best known as the discoverer of the "Titanic" - has pursued an extraordinary dual career as an outstanding marine scientist and a pioneering explorer. And in this remarkable book, he reveals as never before his eponymous adventure through life.
While describing such breathtaking exploits as a 35,000-foot plunge in the Challenger Deep and the inside stories of his historic discoveries (from Homeric galleys to Nazi battleships), Ballard intertwines his personal narrative with a history of humankind's relationship with the oceans.
Along with such storied luminaries as Cousteau, Magellan, and Beebe, the book also illuminates the contributions of ancient Phoenician and Chinese sailors as it charts the fascinating evolution of ship design, navigational techniques, naval warfare, and more.
Capturing the timeless allure of the sea in 200 vivid illustrations, Ballard's 'Adventures In Ocean Exploration' is as expansive and infectious as its stirring subject.
- Publication Date:
- 15 / 06 / 2001
- 250 x 322 x 37mm