INTO THE DEEP by Christy Peterson


Science, Technology, and the Quest to Protect the Ocean
Age Range: 12 - 18
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Explore the ocean with over a dozen oceanography professionals who use technology to further their scientific research and counter the effects of climate change.

Clearly organized chapters are divided into two sections, the first about the ocean’s physical properties and the second about marine animals, starting with microscopic phytoplankton and progressing to blue whales. The main text of each short chapter focuses on a research question currently being studied using technology. The engaging narration is augmented with easily digestible scientific information presented in callout boxes and profiles of professionals from around the world, many of them women, with primary source quotations that provide a glimpse of potential career paths and advice on how to gain experience at school and in the field. Throughout, readers are reminded that science and technology can help humans learn more about the ocean in order to make better choices to protect our planet. Visual context is provided through illustrated diagrams and color photographs showing professionals and their equipment in the field as well as images captured during expeditions. Most scientific terms are defined contextually and/or in the glossary. Written by an experienced and passionate STEM nonfiction author, technical specificity is deftly balanced with engaging writing in this title that is perfect for homework and leisure exploration.

A captivating and well-researched deep dive into oceanography. (glossary, source notes, further reading, index, photo credits) (Nonfiction. 12-18)

Pub Date: April 7th, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-5415-5555-6
Page count: 152pp
Publisher: Twenty-First Century/Lerner
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2020