Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water’s Edge
Naturalists, nature lovers, students of biology, ecologists, and anyone else who enjoys good reading will be delighted with this volume by Susan Hand Shetterly. Seaweed Chronicles is a beautifully written book that is a pleasure to read. The central topic is seaweed, but the author digresses to many aspects of life in the ocean, mostly related to seaweed. For the readers’ benefit she starts with a seaweed glossary, introducing and describing the most common seaweeds. Too bad she did not illustrate each one, an omission throughout the book, which has no illustrations. Hand Shetterly is a naturalist writer, and her focus is ecology. “This book is about seaweed and seaweed harvesting”–a topic that may not appeal to many until reading its first page. The book is full of stories, both of life in the ocean but also of people intimately connected to it. It’s full of fascinating information, like how whaling fifty years ago is still affecting sea urchin explosion and overgrazing of seaweed today, all related to food-web connectivity. Or how anchored and unanchorded seaweeds create floating islands some two million square miles that support teaming life. An excellent book!
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