The edge of the sea is a strange beautiful place A book to be read for pleasure as well as a practical identification guide, The Edge of the Sea introduces a world of teeming life where the sea meets the land Rachel Carson s books have become cornerstones of the environmental conservation movements.AcknowledgmentsPrefaceThe marginal world Patterns of shore The edge of the sea is a strange beautiful place A book to be read for pleasure as well as a practical identification guide, The Edge of the Sea introduces a world of teeming life where the sea meets the land Rachel Carson s books have become cornerstones of the environmental conservation movements.AcknowledgmentsPrefaceThe marginal world Patterns of shore lifeThe rocky shoresThe rim of sand The coral coast The enduring seaAppendix ClassificationIndex
The Edge of the Sea The edge of the sea is a strange beautiful place A book to be read for pleasure as well as a practical identification guide The Edge of the Sea introduces a world of teeming life where the sea meets
Rachel Carson would be cause for serious regrets re my career if she didn t write in such a damned inspirational way You don t need to be a marine biologist to do and see the things she does, you just need to love nature and hang out by the sea Barring that, all you need is free time to read and an open canvas of a mind for her words to paint on.I was with a girl digging up Coquina Clams a week or two ago, and realized how little time I d spent by the water That, plus finishing Carson s book, is [...]
If there was ever a reason to fight for keep the oceans clean and free of oil, pesticides, or hidden poisons, this book however outdated is an absolute must This should renew your desire, set a fire under your lazy arse, or raise the volume of your ecologically minded soul to do SOMETHING to save this planetThis was written so many decades ago and you can imagine how much worse things have gotten since this first was published The powers that be have all but destroyed our way of life Carson warn [...]
Even though some of the information was outdated, I learned quite a bit This book was densely packed with knowledge and because of this it took me quite a while to finish I enjoyed all that I learned, enough so that I even read the appendices though I don t think the editors did by the number of typographical errors Well worth it, but maybe try to pace yourself and intersperse your reading with something a little lighter.
Beautiful book Just the kind I like to read during January It is in part a sense of the unhurried deliberation of earth processes that move with infinite leisure, with all eternity at their disposal This goes on the shelf next to John McPhee It s the next best thing to spending a month by the sea.
Scientist and ecologist Rachel Carson is famously the author of Silent Spring a landmark book challenging the use of pesticides , and not quite so famously the author of The Sense of Wonder a short book about helping children develop a sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural world which I have gushed about in the past.The Edge of the Sea is a great read for anyone who likes to spend time mucking around in tide pools, or is curious about the strange creatures that live in them The tidal [...]
This book was a gift from my son during a trip to Acadia, USA It was a wake up call Though we loved hiking in the rocky areas, we did not really explore the coastline I took a long time to finish the book, because this is a virtual text book When my family sugggested a trip to the Florida Keys, I was inspired to finish the read.Carson s book focuses on the plants and invertebrates surviving in the Atlantic zones between the lowest and the highest tides, between Newfoundland and the Florida keys. [...]
I think if Rachel Carson and Muriel Wylie Blanchet had lived at the same time on the same side of the continent, they would have been friends.This is like Pagoo for grownups My other favorite book about sea creatures.
This is one of my most loved books of all time Packed with illustrations, it s like having a marine biologist walk along the beach with you Or, for a marine biologist like me, it s a reminder of the wonder and the grandeur of the sea, the motivation that got me my vocation.
Rocks,Sand, and Surf The Edge of the Sea is a fitting conclusion to Rachel Carson s so called Sea Trilogy that started in 1941 with Under the Sea Wind and followed in 1951 with her famous The Sea Around Us In this, her final installment, Carson again delves in the Nature of Life at the boundaries of sea and land As in all her writings, Carson raises the bar for quality nature writing for all future authors Poetically written for the layman reader this book still serves as a good introduction to [...]
One of the best dollars I ever spent, for the yellow paged paperback found in a pile at the library book sale The tiny creatures and the vibrant world they exist in seem completely alien to me, though they re only an arm s length away or even at times right under my feet Rachel Carson brings everything brilliantly to life, conjuring pictures of Dr Seuss like worlds Every sentence is so densely packed with information, both factual and poetic, I could only read a page or two at a time, sometimes [...]
This was not quite as wonderful as The Sea Around Us, but it s pretty great The drawings help to envision whatever she s writing about many of which were unknown to me , Time magazine got it perfectly remarkable talent for catching the life breath of science on the still glass of poetry Isn t that fantastic Also, someone said is packed with precise knowledge, and derives its constant awareness that beyond knowledge still lies mystery Too true Her writing is inspirational in many ways the knowled [...]
Lovely illustrations and prose.
As a marine science communicator this is one of my favorite books of all time Carson talks about the sea and it s many life forms so lovingly.
I realized while reading this book that I actually don t know anything about the ocean Now I know a few things This would be a lovely book to read right before visiting the beach.
For it is now clear that in the sea nothing lives to itself the present is linked with the past and future, and each living thing with all that surrounds it.
This is an elegant explanation of the lives of some of the organisms which live in the intertidal zone of the American eastern sea coast, between high and low tide Rachel Carson considers this area in three chapters as it occurs on the Atlantic seaboard the rocky North Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia and New England, the sandy coast from Cape Cod to the Florida penisula and finally the coral reefs in the Florida Keys An explanation of the formation of each of these types of coast leads to the life [...]
Another sea classic by Rachel Carson, this one focusing on life in the zones between lowest and highest tides All animals and plants described here are directly observable without diving equipment, which makes this a valuable resource for beachcombers Carson s descriptive and lyrical writing make this a worthwhile read for anyone who enjoys visiting the beach or is curious about what life forms may be present below the waters at high tide The book describes intertidal life on the US East Coast, [...]
A book that departs once from the context of its predecessors All the books in this series would make good stand alone titles as there is no narrative they follow other than their discourse on the sea in general Well written and packed with a lot of knowledge as it was I found it to be too centred on sea life on the eastern coast of the USA Which is my only criticism of the book Carson remains as poetic and romantic in her prose as ever,It was a mere yesterday in the life of the earth that they [...]
Rachel Carson is a trained marine biologist, but this book is much than a scientific study regarding the flora and fauna at The Edge of the Sea It resonates with a poignant and reverential awareness of the life force and life cycles that colonize our world It never retreats from a sense of awe at that same life force which eventually produced the human race, and which is still the heart of a mystery The details of individual life cycles are portrayed for a multitude of species, and also the int [...]
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Rachel Carson was undoubtedly a spectacular writer, but this is essentially just a collection of descriptions, and no matter how precisely and beautifully written those descriptions are, I can only take so much before my eyes start to glaze over Maybe I had the wrong expectations for this book going into it I was expecting something like Loren Eiseley s The Immense Journey, which I had just finished and loved, and which expertly combines natural description with historical trivia, personal anec [...]
This book was beautiful It was a combination of poetic descriptions of sea life and absolutely fantastic drawings Everything was careful, everything was perfect The Edge of the Sea created this gorgeous, intricate illusion of sitting serenely by the shore and watching these perfect little animals crawl around you, trying to survive in the best way they know how Rachel talks about these creatures as intimately as if they were her personal friends This book was informative and completely lovely al [...]
On my way home from Nova Scotia we stopped in Bar Harbor and that meant Acadia National Park I happened to see this book in the gift store and though I of course knew about Silent Spring which I ve never read I ve never read any of her books and all the people who say this book combines poetry and science are absolutely true I didn t think that reading a book about various ecological zones along the seashore could ever be interesting, but the book is written in an accessible manner and with obvi [...]
A lovely stroll at the edge the sea, a place where land and water meet where a rich, fascinating, elusive and indefinable life takes place A nature walk in company of a wonderful marine biologist and conservationist This is a lesser known writing from Rachel Carson, who brought environmental concerns to an unprecedented share of the American people when she published Silent Spring in 1962 The Edge of the Sea is wonderfully illustrated with the Bob Hines drawings, and is to become my field guide [...]
Carson writes with clarity about the life to be found on Atlantic shores, from Newfoundland to Key West, focusing on plants and invertebrates Her style perhaps reflects the primness, the starchiness of her mid century era Bob Hines black and white drawings are helpful some of the diagrams and maps are less clear An appendix recaps the taxonomy of the sea life, such as it was known at the time.
The perfect read for a winter beach vacation or to unplug before bedtime Rachel wrote this before Silent Spring this book is a sweet blending of her artistic and scientific regard for the natural world She is a superb writer in the traditional sense and manages to present scientific facts in a storytelling way that is engaging and poignant I scored a first edition in a used bookstore in Mendocino on a camping trip in the Redwoods.
A guided tour of coastal ecology, focusing on the Atlantic coast of the US and divided into three sections rocky northern, sandy mid Atlantic, and the coral coast of the far south Carson is an excellent writer and her passion for marine life makes this an excellent read Highly recommended for those interested in the ocean and the lives of tidal creatures I read parts of this while sitting in the tide line at Emerald Isle, NC A perfect beach read
I don t read a lot of nonfiction, can t really remember what made me read this book, possibly familiarity with the author s name Anyway, it is a book I bought and had for a while, sharing with anyone who would read it If you don t want to muck about along the shores of the East Coast after reading this book, read it again Sure made me want to go there Some people can really make nonfiction sing.
Ever wondered how jellyfish reproduce I didn t, but I m awed now that I know It s my current night time reading and each night I go to sleep with visions of barnacles and periwinkles and long, flowing seaweed fronds that nourish and shelter life forms I never knew existed.
I saw on Google that today is Rachel Carson s birthday She is a personal hero of mine Besides being a brilliant scientist at a time when very few women were taken seriously, she was an amazing and lyrical scientific writer I highly recommend this book and any other by her.