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 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.
Published: Basic Books on Jul 31, 2008
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The scale of the Gulf Stream is easy to underestimate, even if you have sailed across the Stream in a small sailboat. But for anyone who has direct experience with the Gulf Stream, its importance and its power are never in doubt. Dallas Murphy puts the story in historical context while engagingly sharpening your understanding of Physical Oceanography. This amazing ocean current pumps 32 million cubic meters per second of hot water past the Atlantic coast of Florida. If you are not already fascinated by the Gulf Stream, Dallas Murphy will carefully get you hooked. If you are not already informed about the linkage between ocean currents and climate change, this book will enjoyably get you up to speed.more