The Gulf Stream

The Gulf Stream

Tiny Plankton, Giant Bluefin, and the Amazing Story of the Powerful River in the Atlantic

Book - 2008
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Coursing through the Atlantic Ocean is a powerful current with a force 300 times that of the mighty Amazon. Ulanski explores the fascinating science and history of this sea highway known as the Gulf Stream, a watery wilderness that stretches from the Caribbean to the North Atlantic. Spanning both distance and time, Ulanski's investigation reveals how the Gulf Stream affects and is affected by every living thing that encounters it--from tiny planktonic organisms to giant bluefin tuna, from ancient mariners to big-game anglers. He examines the scientific discovery of ocean circulation, the role of ocean currents in the settlement of the New World, and the biological life teeming in the stream.

Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2008
ISBN: 9780807832172
Branch Call Number: ANF 551.462131 ULA
ANF 551.462131 ULA
Characteristics: xiii, 212 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm

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ChristchurchLib Aug 13, 2014

The Gulf Stream is a powerful ocean current that originates near the tip of Florida and flows up the east coast of North America before crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Part of the system of ocean currents known as the North Atlantic Gyre, the Gulf Stream influences both climate and weather patterns (particularly cyclone formation) on both sides of the pond. In this book, geologist and avid recreational fisherman Stan Ulanski follows the Gulf Stream from beginning to end, describing the vast and diverse ecosystem it supports, from phytoplankton to bluefin tuna to giant squid. While describing its biological wonders, Ulanski recounts how the Gulf Stream has shaped the course of human history, citing explorers, pirates, and others who have sailed this "mighty oceanic river." Science and Nature Newsletter August 2014.

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