To Follow the Water: Exploring the Ocean to Discover Climate

To Follow the Water Exploring the Ocean to Discover Climate 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 e

  • Title: To Follow the Water: Exploring the Ocean to Discover Climate
  • Author: Dallas Murphy
  • ISBN: 9780465005109
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 oceanogrIn 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.

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    1. I want to like this book. Dallas Murphy tried a noble project, to explain to the general public how the ocean influences climate (answer: enormously, mainly by moving huge amounts of heat around the world) as well as how physical oceanographers learn about that (by measuring temperature and salinity of water from boats, and doing lots of math). The tone of the book, however, turned me off. The best science writers convey the excitement of research without sentimentality, whereas I think Murphy d [...]

    2. “It’s not that simple.” (Murphy, 2007, p. 67) Such as a yarn ball unwinding secret twists and turns, Murphy illustrates the beauty of the raw unattained knowledge that is: the Ocean. Moreover, Murphy explains the complexities of climate change in relation to the Ocean; exploiting the flawed perception that has been talk of “Climate Change” without talk of the Oceans and the crucial role they play. Beforehand, my knowledge of climate change, ocean currents, and winds had been fairly su [...]

    3. In To Follow The Water, Dallas Murphy tells the stories of ocean exploration and how it lead to discovering ocean currents, his own experience aboard a research vessel, and gives his brief opinion on climate change. The majority of the book discusses ocean currents and and the history of ocean exploration. A few mistakes were made in this book that I will now point out. The first mistake being a diagram showing air pressure distributions but showing the equator passing through Florida(p.60). The [...]

    4. Before oceanographers had more sophisticated tools to measure ocean currents:"30,910 pairs of Nike athletic shoes--remained afloat.Six months later, shoes by the hundreds began washing up in wearable condition on west-facing beaches from British Columbia to Oregon. The trouble was that right-feet shoes had never been attached to their left-feet mates. As shoes continued to wash ashore, beachcombers placed ads in local newspapers for matches, and swap meets were held up and down the coast. Oceano [...]

    5. Excellent book by Dallas. The oceans are extremely interesting entities, and all life has sprung from them over the eons.Murph reports on efforts by NOAA and WHOI to map and track several currents in the Atlantic ocean.Like his previous book on rounding Cape Horn, this one also combines scientific information along with entertaining tales of history and oceanography. I highly recommend this book to anyone with even a passing interest in the oceans.

    6. Very readable with very clear descriptions of the forces at play in how the geology and climate interact. This is told in the context of discovery and personal interactions with both crew and scientists aboard the research vessels. Provides insight into the people doing the work, what it means to them, and what the work is.

    7. Murphy has constructed a wonderful introduction to physical oceanography and how it relates to climate change. Not a scientist himself, he is able to avoid the technicalities that sometimes makes science writing inaccessible. A light, entertaining, and certainly informative text.

    8. Fascinating. One of the best books I've read in a while. Clearly lays out the relationship between the ocean and planetary climate.

    9. I had an keen interest in oceanography when I was younger. But never really pursued it. This book shows a bit of the history, the characters and the science (very legibly) about this young science.

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