In Oceans Deep: Courage, Innovation, and Adventure Beneath the Waves

Little, Brown. Jul. 2019. 320p. notes. index. ISBN 9780316551311. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316551359. NAT HIST
Streever (Cold) has intimate knowledge of working in the deep sea, as he was once employed as an oil field diver who assembled pipelines on the seabed. This imparted to him a love of the deep sea. In 1960, Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh journeyed seven miles down in the Trieste to the Challenger Deep, the deepest oceanic point on earth. This story serves as the jumping-off point for Streever’s examination of the different ways that humans have explored the deep sea: from free diving to SCUBA to travel via submersibles and submarines. Streever not only documents the different ways humans have voyaged in the deep sea but also traces the research that first documented the root causes for decompression sickness. Concluding with what he sees as the future of deep-sea exploration—autonomous underwater vehicles—this fascinating history takes a wide-angled approach to the myriad ways humans have interacted with the ocean.
VERDICT A compelling history of humans’ investigations of the deep sea written in an engaging manner, this book is destined to be another best seller for Streever.

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