Reviewed by CBC Reviewer
Dive deep into a world of wild and weird life that only a few have seen. It's been over three decades since scientists first discovered the amazing creatures in Earth's ocean trenches, and yet we still know very little about these habitats—places that may hold the majority of the biomass on the planet!
This NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Book goes where very few textbooks dare to dive, providing details about the physical and biological systems in deep see trenches. The author, a team of scientists, and a crew from America’s Flagship of Exploration, Okeanos Explorer, share their adventure and discoveries through the eyes of a camera with incredible photographs from their journey. They describe their discoveries as "intoxicating" and that's the way a reader will feel as well. It's almost like diving with them: the smell of rotten eggs, the sight of a "black smoker," the shake of volcanic activity.
The text is interspersed with facts, definitions, and many photographs. It can be read in sequence, or browsed again and again by students from the middle elementary through secondary levels. A glossary, websites, and additional resources are suggested. Because this information is so often missing from our textbooks, this is a valuable classroom addition.
Review posted on 1/16/2013