Deep Blue Home is a 2011 Orion Book Award Finalist

Equal parts ecology, memoir, and natural history, Julia Whitty’s Deep Blue Home: An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean gives us unique access to the wet and salty two-thirds of the planet that makes everything else possible.

In some ways, Deep Blue Home, by Julia Whitty, is a reminder of the oneness of Earth’s watery parts. Take Whitty’s description of the North Atlantic—a kind of salty heart where thermohaline circulation doubles back on itself, exchanging warm water for cold and pumping it back into the far reaches of the Arctic, Pacific, Indian, and other oceans. In fact, Whitty reminds us, there’s only one ocean—a single, global sea, threaded together by this submarine mixing chamber and the twisting fluid highways it helps generate.

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