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Below the edge of darkness : a memoir of exploring light and life in the deep sea

Widder, Edith (author.).

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  • 3 of 3 copies available at Sage Library System.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Umatilla County Public Libraries. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Pendleton Public Library. (Show)

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Summary:

"Edith Widder grew up determined to become a marine biologist. But after complications from a surgery during college caused her to go temporarily blind, she became fascinated by light as well as the power of optimism. Her focus turned to oceanic bioluminescence, a scientific frontier in our last earthly one, and with little promise of funding or employment she took a leap into the darkness. On her first visit to the deep ocean, in an experimental diving suit that took her to a depth of eight hundred feet, she turned off the suit's lights and witnessed breathtaking explosions of bioluminescent activity. Concerns about her career went out the window. She just wanted to know one thing: Why was there so much light down there? Below the Edge of Darkness takes readers deep into our planet's oceans as Widder pursues her questions about one of the most important and widely used forms of communication in nature. In the process, she reveals hidden worlds and a dazzling menagerie of behaviors and animals, from microbes to leviathans, many never-before-seen or, like the legendary Giant Squid, never-before-filmed in its deep-sea lair. Alongside Widder, we experience life-and-death equipment malfunctions and witness breakthroughs in technology and understanding, all of it set against a growing awareness of the deteriorating health of our largest and least understood ecosystem...." -- from book jacket.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Pendleton Public Library 551.46092 W633 (Text) 37801000683423 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 09/01/2021 Available -
Cook Memorial Library - La Grande 551.46 W638 (Text) 35178001826315 Adult Non-Fiction Book Branch_Only_3months 07/28/2021 Available -
The Dalles Wasco County Library 551.46092 WID (Text) 33892006673744 NEW BOOKS New/High Demand None 08/05/2021 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0525509240
  • ISBN: 9780525509240
  • Physical Description: xx, 329 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of color plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
    print
  • Edition: First Edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2021]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [307]-315) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction: A different light -- PART 1. Deep Seeing. Seeing -- Fiat lux -- First flash -- The stars below -- Strange illumination -- A bioluminescent minefield -- Seas sowed with fire -- PART 2. To Know the Dark. Glorious puzzles -- Stories in the dark-- Plan B -- The language of light -- PART 3. Here Be Dragons. The edge of the map -- The Kraken revealed -- Talking to cannibals -- Epilogue: A case for optimism.
Summary, etc.: "Edith Widder grew up determined to become a marine biologist. But after complications from a surgery during college caused her to go temporarily blind, she became fascinated by light as well as the power of optimism. Her focus turned to oceanic bioluminescence, a scientific frontier in our last earthly one, and with little promise of funding or employment she took a leap into the darkness. On her first visit to the deep ocean, in an experimental diving suit that took her to a depth of eight hundred feet, she turned off the suit's lights and witnessed breathtaking explosions of bioluminescent activity. Concerns about her career went out the window. She just wanted to know one thing: Why was there so much light down there? Below the Edge of Darkness takes readers deep into our planet's oceans as Widder pursues her questions about one of the most important and widely used forms of communication in nature. In the process, she reveals hidden worlds and a dazzling menagerie of behaviors and animals, from microbes to leviathans, many never-before-seen or, like the legendary Giant Squid, never-before-filmed in its deep-sea lair. Alongside Widder, we experience life-and-death equipment malfunctions and witness breakthroughs in technology and understanding, all of it set against a growing awareness of the deteriorating health of our largest and least understood ecosystem...." -- from book jacket.
Subject: Widder, Edith
Marine scientists United States Biography
Women marine biologists United States Biography
Bioluminescence
Underwater exploration
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