National Geographic : 1980 May
you over the edge of beyond Plummet into global oceans teeming with life, from the tropical waters off the Hawaiian Islands to the frigid, black depths beneath the North Pole. Cruise the seafloor in a submersible... learn why noted marine biologist Sylvia A. Earle has found the ocean world "hauntingly like pictures you see of the moon, but better because it's alive!" Meet the pioneers of undersea survival... Jacques-Yves Cousteau... astronaut turned-aquanaut Scott Carpenter... and George Bond, whose concept of saturation diving has enabled man to live successfully in underwater habitats. Listen to the pulse of the deep-not a silent world at all--but a muted symphony of whistles, grunts, clicks, and flutters. Explore kelp forests and coral kingdoms ... swim through veils of shimmering fish ... and make friends with a playful seal. Soon you, too, will feel at home in the sea. Creatures of an alien world. A mile and a half down in the Galapagos Rift, share the momentous discovery of new forms of life thriving without sunlight near warm-water vents in the seafloor. You'll marvel as the ocean realm comes alive in more than 300 dazzling color photographs. Catch a glimpse of species such as this nudibranch, photographed in the Red Sea. Take a walk on the Pacific Ocean floor and wonder at organisms that glitter like fireflies with incredible blue light.., sharks with glowing eyes... and corals like bedsprings seven feet high. New archaeological discoveries. Comb the wrecks of the Spanish "quicksilver galleons," Guadalupeand Tolosa, for one of the richest underwater archaeological finds in history. You'll be delighted by the cargo of the Dutch Witte Leeuw (White Lion)-a cache of Ming porcelain still exquisite after nearly three centuries' burial at sea. Learn the outcome of the search for the remarkable Civil War ironclad, Monitor.And, you'll see the sparkle of precious gems and coins from long-lost treasures of the deep!