THE UNDERSEA ADVENTURE by Philippe Diole
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THE UNDERSEA ADVENTURE

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Committed to the deep, the author has a fascinating, if ecstatic, story to tell -- of skin diving and its possibilities in marine exploration. He gives a short history of the use of diving through history, tells of the Submarine Research Group, explains the mental transposition and physical adjustments necessary for deep sea understanding and work, and goes on into the riches and richness of the miracle he has lived for three years. In his underwater landscapes and life are absorbing stories of oyster, mussel and sponge culture, of the physical makeup, sex and reproduction of fish, of undersea courtships, of the friendship of octupuses, of the treasures of marine archaeology, and of the future of this type of aquatic researching. An awakening awareness of the vast areas to be investigated makes this an intimate introduction to a personal, even spiritual, adventure in lyric terms. Translated from the French by Alan Ross. (There's some of the same material here that Captain Cousteau had in The Silent World (Harper -- P. 754 -- 12/1/52 bulletin) but the approach is less on the sensational side and more on the emotional and interpretative.)

Pub Date: March 30th, 1953
ISBN: 0548450099
Publisher: Messner