Ocean Drifters by Dr. Richard R. Kirby
A Secret World Beneath the Waves

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"Beasts that look as if they come from a science-fiction movie."
-- The Times (UK)

Beneath the waves lies a hidden microcosm of life: the world of plankton. These microscopic algae and the tiny animals that eat them float freely in the sunlit surface of the sea, where they underpin the whole marine food chain, provide the world with oxygen, and play an essential role in the global carbon cycle. Richard Kirby's high-magnification photographs and informative text bring out the beauty and variety of forms in the plankton, and explain how global change and rising sea temperatures are affecting this complex world with ramifications for the ecology of our entire planet.

 

About Dr. Richard R. Kirby

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Dr. Richard Kirby is a molecular geneticist who has worked at the Hopkins Marine Station in California and the Belle W. Baruch Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences in South Carolina. He currently holds a Royal Society Reserach Fellowship at the University of Plymouth in the U.K.
 
Published July 28, 2011 by Firefly Books. 192 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Despite the quantity and variety of plankton (a word taken from the Greek planktos, which means drifter) in the ocean, few people know or care about them. A critical part of the diets of many creatu

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Despite the quantity and variety of plankton (a word taken from the Greek planktos, which means "drifter") in the ocean, few people know or care about them.

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