The Universe Below
Discovering the Secrets of the Deep Sea
Publication Date: June 16, 1998
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Pulitzer Prize winner William J. Broad takes us on an adventure to the planet's last and most exotic frontier -- the depths of the sea. The Universe Below examines how we are illuminating its dark recesses as a wave of advanced technology quietly opens the Earth's largest and most mysterious environment.
Broad takes us on breathtaking dives and expeditions -- to the Azores, to the Titanic, to hot springs teeming with bizarre life, to icy fissures aswarm with gulper eels, vampire squids, and gelatinous beasts longer than a city bus. We meet legendary explorers and researchers and go with them as they probe the ancient mysteries of a universe that encompasses the vast majority of the Earth's habitable space and holds millions of humanity's lost artworks and treasures.
The Universe Below is an unforgettable trip to our last great unexplored frontier.
William J. Broad has practiced yoga since 1970. A bestselling author and senior writer at The New York Times, he has won every major award in print and television during more than thirty years as a science journalist. With New York Times colleagues, he has twice won the Pulitzer Prize, as well as an Emmy Award and a DuPont. He is the author or coauthor of seven books, including Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War, a #1 New York Times bestseller.
The New York Times Book Review
By combining personal experience, conversations with scientists and a wide-ranging historical review, [Broad] has given us a readable and reliable guide to the last great wilderness on earth....A splendid guide to this ultimate terra incognita.
David Pawson The Washington Post Book World ...a fascinating, beautifully written account of a truly unfamiliar world.
The New Yorker Broad's sense of wonderment is almost always infectious.