A new and eye-opening way of looking at our world, this readable, compact encyclopedia with 350 articles and a gazeteer attached with short coverage of some 2000 other oceanic entities. An opening essay attends to evolution of sea and land. Then the articles take over, with placement as to definition, location, area, and situation on the ten maps which schematically present the seas in depth, the lands in relief. The articles cover not only islands from Great Britain to Gilbert; they take in currents, straits, capes, peninsulas -- all the abuttements to the sea. The style is popular, with a sense of place and history -- whether it be the architecture on Mont-Saint-Michel or the resort capacities of Palm Beach, or ""one of the world's most important sources of asphalt"" -- Trinidad. Popular, to-the-point reportage of immensely varied areas, supplemented by nearly 100 illustrations, some 16 full color plates, and index. The intrigue of travel and far places as well as easily assimilable information holds here. Companion to Standard Encyclopedia of the World's Mountains (see p. 859, 1962).