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Blue Machine: How the Ocean Shapes Our World

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Drawing on years of experience at the forefront of marine science, Helen Czerski captures the magnitude and subtlety of Earth's defining feature, showing us the thrilling extent to which we are at the mercy of this great engine. I was intrigued to learn that the faeces of blue whales, which are rich in iron and also float, contribute to marine growth. There seems to be no overall theme so the reader will probably come away remembering only some of the information. This is a fascinating book about the ocean and how it shapes our world, how it impacts our lives and how it helps us today. By understanding how the ocean works, and its essential role in our global system, we can learn how to protect our blue machine.

From vast currents and tides to the smallest creatures that inhabit our oceans she reveals the spellbinding wonder of the oceans. Helen Czerski weaves together physics and biology, history and science, in a beautifully poetic way.

So it is no surprise that there is a final section in this book that also deals with what we can do.

Most important, however, Czerski reveals that while the ocean engine has sustained us for thousands of years, today it is faced with urgent threats.THE TIMES SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR: 'This beautifully written, sweeping guide shows how the deep movement of the seas have ruled our lives in unexpected ways over millennia.

the author has a lovely writing style, with many analogies to help explain some of the sometimes complex ideas being discussed. The author of The Blue Machine and Storm in a Teacup, she is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, writing regularly about the physics of everyday life. I don’t remember when I have read a book that has been such a delight to read from start to finish, but that also, when I have come to the end, had totally altered my appreciation of the workings of our whole planet.Timely, elegant and passionately argued, Blue Machine presents a fresh perspective on what it means to be a citizen of an ocean planet.

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