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Reference Resources for Exploring the World Ocean by Chamberlin and Dickey, 2008

The following references were used in preparation of the text. They are provided here for students and instructors who wish to gain a broader knowledge and explore further the concepts and ideas presented in the textbook. References with an asterisk (*) are in Professor Sean’s collection. Feel free to ask about them. And if you know of a good reference that we have omitted, please let us know! (schamberlin@fullcoll.edu)
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*Gage, John D., and Paul A. Taylor. 1991. Deep-Sea Biology: A natural history of organisms at the deep-sea floor. Cambridge University Press: UK

This is one of the few books that covers deep-sea biology. As such, it is an invaluable reference.


*Herring, Peter. 2002. The Biology of the Deep Ocean. Oxford University Press: UK

This is one of the best books on deep-sea organisms and modern theories of their diversity and adaptations.


*Savage Seas: The Deep Sea. 1999. PBS. (VHS &DVD)

This video has some great segments on the voyage of the Trieste (the only manned expedition to the deepest location in the world ocean), free-diving, and hydrothermal vents.


*Ellis, Richard. 1996. Deep Atlantic: Life, Death, and Exploration in the Abyss. Lyons Press: NY

Ellis covers a range of oceanographic topics, including seafloor exploration, in this book focused on the Atlantic. His books vary in scientific quality but he is always entertaining and enjoyable to read.


*Volcanoes of the Deep Sea (IMAX), 2003 (DVD)


*Chave, E. H., and Alexander Malahoff. 1998. In Deeper Waters: Photographic Studies of Hawaiian Deep-Sea Habitats and Life Forms. University of Hawaii Press: HI

Take a submersible journey to the deep waters off Hawaii. This is a rare look at the deep-sea inhabitants of Hawaii. The book includes a table of all species photographed by the Hawaiian Undersea Research Laboratory submersible expeditions.



*Matsen, Brad. 2005. Descent: The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss. Pantheon Books.

This book chronicles Otis Barton and William Beebe’s exploration of the abyss in a small steel sphere with one porthole!


*Heezen, Bruce and Charles Hollister. 1971. The Face of the Deep. Oxford University Press. New York.

This book features hundreds of photographs and illustrations of the seafloor. It is quite remarkable in that few books, if any, provide a more complete and intuitive understanding of the bottom of the sea. Abyssal benthic ecology is a largely neglected field of study and the relevance of this book to modern knowledge underscores how little we still know about the deep

*Heezen, Bruce, M. Tharp and Maurice Ewing. 1959. The Floors of the Oceans: I. The North Atlantic. Geological Society of America Special Paper 65.

Reference for: Chapter 4, From Lead Lines to Satellites; Provinces of the Seafloor

This book established the divisions of the seafloor that remain in use today. At the same time, it provided the first highly detailed bathymetric chart of the North Atlantic with its unmistakable mid-ocean ridge. Heezen and Tharp’s work laid the foundations for studies of the seafloor that followed.

*Beebe, William. 1934. Half Mile Down. Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York.

In his own words, Beebe describes his extraordinary experiments and voyages in a cylindrical steel ball to explore the abyss.
*Earle, Sylvia, and Al Giddings. 1980. Exploring the Deep Frontier: The Adventure of Man in the Sea. The National Geographic Society: Washington, DC.

*Idyll, C. P. 1964. Abyss: The Deep Sea and the Creatures that Live In It. Thomas Y. Crowell: NY

This classic book remains one of the top references on deep sea organisms. That’s either because this field has been neglected for so long (until recent times) or because Idyll was simply decades ahead of his time. The photos and descriptions of deep-sea predatory fishes and his treatment of bioluminescence are especially noteworthy. This is an excellent reference for anyone who wants to learn more about the deep sea and its inhabitants.

The Endless Voyage: Over the Edge. (Episode 5). 2002 (VHS and DVD). Intelecom.

Professor Sean appeared in several of the episodes of this series and helped develop learning activities to support it. While some episodes are better than others, The Endless Voyage provides one of the most complete and up-to-date series on oceanography available



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