THE SARGASSO SEA: An Ocean Desert by Francine Jacobs

THE SARGASSO SEA: An Ocean Desert

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Jacobs begins with the theory that the ancient Phoenicians ""deliberately"" made up legends about the fearsome Sargasso to frighten others from their sea routes (to the New World?) and, most unfortunately, she herself has seen fit to further exploit the Devil's Triangle business (""Why have no wreckage, debris, or other clues to these disasters been found?""). If you're willing to tolerate this last bit, here is an easy, fascinating survey of what scientists are learning about the Atlantic's ""ocean desert""--the ""gyre"" of currents that surrounds and defines it; the unique, long-living Sargasso weed and the fish that swim among it; the sea's role as breeding grounds for North American and European freshwater eels and, possibly, for the loggerhead turtle.

Pub Date: Aug. 20th, 1975
Page count: 94pp
Publisher: Morrow