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Oceanic Wilderness
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An astonishing voyage reveals remarkable new and unusual life forms.

The breathtaking beauty of marine life is profusely illustrated in this outstanding book. Five years in the making, Oceanic Wilderness visits the Earth's limits to shed light on the ocean's deepest depths. From aerial views to cavernous reefs, and from mid-ocean to tropical lagoons, this book is a fascinating photographic journey to environments from around the globe, including the Caribbean, the Central, South and West Pacific, Japan, temperate and tropical Australia, Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea.

Oceanic Wilderness explores the oceans' creatures and plants through the eyes of one of the world's most prominent undersea photographers. The photographs provide a vibrant feast of form, color and motion. Colors are almost outrageously stunning -- but accurate. Some of the subjects are as small as 2 mm and have been captured with a microscopic lens. Some images show day views and night views of the same place to reveal surprising, unseen secrets. A number of subjects were unknown to science before Roger Steene captured them on film.

With more than 600 vivid color photographs and accurate descriptive text, Oceanic Wilderness demystifies the planet's darkest frontier, revealing surprising secrets and exquisite beauty. This is an ideal book for naturalists, travelers and divers -- and anyone else with a passion for marine conservation and photography.

Highlights:

  • Features subjects never beforephotographed
  • Explores the Caribbean Sea, the Central, South and West Pacific, Japan, temperate and tropical Australia, Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea
  • Captures the stunning beauty and colors of the deep reef
  • Provides views of oceanic worlds from above
  • Presents life in and around tropical islands and deep reefs
  • Reveals marine life in lagoons and tide pools, and among kelp and coral
  • Shows microscopic organisms inhabiting a drop of saltwater
  • Includes photographs of the ocean during the day and through the night.
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About the Author

Roger Steene is among the world's most prominent underwater photographers. He has always lived near Australia's Great Barrier Reef, and is closely affiliated with several maritime biology institutions around the world. He has more than a dozen books on marine life to his credit, including Coral Seas.

Reviews

Colors are almost outrageously stunning... demystifies the planet's darkest frontier, revealing exquisite beauty. Magnificent color photographs reveal the breathtaking beauty of life beneath the oceans.... an excellent gift. Truly breathtaking ... This is a book to place near a comfortable chair to be explored and savored over time.--Diana Mumford"Wavelength" (03/01/2008) Underwater scenes few of us have the resources, skill, or patience to behold, rendered with a startling sharpness and brilliance.--Laurence A. Marschall"Natural History" (01/01/2008) Perhaps one of the most remarkably beautiful books of the year. Colors are almost outrageously stunning... demystifies the planet's darkest frontier, revealing exquisite beauty.... The oceans are Earth's last frontier and this book makes pioneers of us all.... an ideal book for naturalists, travelers and divers -- and anyone else with a passion for marine conservation and photography. The colors of these underwater habitats alone are mind boggling ... spectacular color photos ... and astonishing color variations, make this book hard to put down. Like visions of another world, these photographs have a magical quality that should delight anyone with an interest in animals, the sea or photography in general. This large format, 300+ page volume of more than 600 magnificent color photographs reveals the breathtaking beauty of life beneath the oceans. The photographs are amazing... Oceanic Wilderness will make an excellent gift for anyone who enjoys the sea. Talk about scary underwater creatures. [Steene] records underwater scenes few of us have the resources, skill, or patience to behold, rendered with a startling sharpness and brilliance.--Laurence A. Marschall"Natural History" (01/01/2008) A volume that embraces the majestic and [the] minute in like measure.--Bill Thompson"The Post and Courier (Charleston SC)" (12/09/2007) This book could just as easily have been entitled Pictures from Paradise.... From the warty frogfish to the Tiffany-glass fantasy of the male mantis shrimp, [the photos] are sometimes strange, often beautiful and always fascinating.--Laszlo Buhasz"Globe and Mail" (08/25/2007) The range of colour, hue, and design of each creature and plant is unbelievable, and the aptitudes of some totally intriguing.... Oceanic Wilderness will not disappoint you.--Elaine Rankin"Canadian Camera" (12/01/2007) A truly breathtaking collection of over 600 well-captioned photos ... over 300 pages showcase spectacular images of the brilliant, intricate, amazing creatures ... The incredible beauty and bizarreness represented in the photographs [make] this volume a priceless tool adding to our understanding of the marine environment and the importance of protecting its fascinating bio-diversity. This is a book to place near a comfortable chair to be explored and savored over time.--Diana Mumford"Wavelength" (03/01/2008)

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