The Gulf Stream: Tiny Plankton, Giant Bluefin, and the Amazing Story of the Powerful River in the Atlantic

The Gulf Stream: Tiny Plankton, Giant Bluefin, and the Amazing Story of the Powerful River in the Atlantic

by Stan Ulanski

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Coursing through the Atlantic Ocean is a powerful current with a force 300 times that of the mighty Amazon. Ulanski explores the fascinating science and history of this sea highway known as the Gulf Stream, a watery wilderness that stretches from the Caribbean to the North Atlantic. Spanning both distance and time, Ulanski's investigation reveals how the Gulf Stream affects and is affected by every living thing that encounters it—from tiny planktonic organisms to giant bluefin tuna, from ancient mariners to big-game anglers. He examines the scientific discovery of ocean circulation, the role of ocean currents in the settlement of the New World, and the biological life teeming in the stream.

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ISBN-13: 9780807887097
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 1,015,079
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Stan Ulanski is professor of geology and environmental science at James Madison University.

Table of Contents


Preface Acknowledgments

Part I. Coming Full Circle: Flow in the Atlantic Chapter 1. Swirls and Conveyors Chapter 2. Anatomy of the Gulf Stream Chapter 3. Flowing Down the Hill: The History of Ocean Circulation

Part II. Life in the Gulf Stream Chapter 4. Floaters and Drifters Chapter 5. Bluefin Tuna: The Great Migration Chapter 6. Fishing the Blue Waters

Part III. Sailing the Atlantic Chapter 7. Exploration and Discovery Chapter 8. Colonization of America

Epilogue Bibliography Index

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The Gulf Stream is a blend of science and history that tells the story of one of the world's most powerful natural forces which heavily influenced the exploration and development of the New World. It is packed full of details about the oceans and the people who explored the seas over the past 500 years, helping readers understand the connections between natural and human ecologies.—Todd Miller, executive director, North Carolina Coastal Federation

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