To Follow the Water by Dallas Murphy
Exploring the Ocean to Discover Climate

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In To Follow the Water, critically acclaimed author Dallas Murphy artfully recasts the story of human expansion and cultural development with the ocean playing the central role. Applying a novelist’s eye for detail and a historian’s drive for perspective, he connects the great ages of ocean exploration from Columbus, Magellan, and Cook to the development of modern oceanography. Letting scientists speak for themselves at sea and ashore, Murphy learns that oceanographers are not only observing and explaining the ocean’s dynamic, global circulation, but also employing their skills, tools, and techniques to understand and predict climate change. To Follow the Water is an enlightening and entertaining voyage of discovery spanning the evolution of our relationship to the ocean, first as an impediment to human ambition, then as the pathway for Western expansion, and now, most important, as a subject of scientific study with immediate relevance to our future.
 

About Dallas Murphy

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Dallas Murphy is a novelist, playwright, and marine journalist. His plays have been produced Off Broadway, and his series of three novels featuring the reluctant sleuth Artie Deemer have been critically acclaimed. His most recent book, an account of Cape Horn, Rounding the Horn, was published in 2004 by Basic Books. He lives in New York City.
 
Published July 31, 2008 by Basic Books. 296 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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A gentle, captivating history of human interactions with oceans and an overview of how oceans work, this narrative shines with Dallas Murphy’s love of the sea and sailing, as well as his intense respect for both the explorers of the past and the oceanographers of today.

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