Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean

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University of Chicago Press
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6.3 X 1.0 X 9.1 inches | 1.2 pounds
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About the Author

Joy McCann is a historian specializing in environmental and cultural history. She is based at the Centre for Environmental History at the Australian National University's School of History and has worked as a public historian, researcher, and curator in the cultural heritage, museum, and library sectors. She is currently writing a history of Australians in Antarctica for the National Library of Australia.


"This bracing history charts the myths, the exploration, and the inhabitants of the all-too-real and wild circumpolar ocean to our south. It's a vast and potentially unwieldy subject that McCann deftly distills to its essentials, from the ocean's winds and icy currents to the krill that sustain its depths and the albatross that cruise its skies."--Sydney Morning Herald, Pick of the Week
"A hymn to connection and wonder, and a recognition of the myriad ways in which the Southern Ocean touches all of us."--Australian
"McCann has written a brief but delightfully comprehensive history of the Southern Ocean. . . . [She] successfully conveys the timeless mystery of the Southern Ocean and how it has figured in human history, adding a poet's touch to many passages."--Science
"Wilderness seekers will rejoice in this stirring portrait. . . . McCann deftly navigates both natural glories and archival complexities."--Nature
"A sensitive portrait of a complex ecosystem, from krill to blue whales, and of the ice, winds, and currents that are critical to the circulation of the world's oceans."--Harper's