Book cover of The Underworld: Journeys to the Depths of the Ocean by Susan Casey
Biological Sciences

The Underworld: Journeys to the Depths of the Ocean

For all of human history, the deep ocean has been a source of wonder and terror, an unknown realm that evoked a singular, compelling question: What’s down there? Unable to answer this for centuries, people believed the deep was a sinister realm of fiendish creatures and deadly peril. But now, cutting-edge technologies allow scientists and explorers to dive miles beneath the surface, and we are beginning to understand this strange and exotic underworld […Learn More]

Book cover of The Three Ages of Water: Prehistoric Past, Imperiled Present, and a Hope for the Future by Peter Gleick
Earth Sciences

The Three Ages of Water: Prehistoric Past, Imperiled Present, and a Hope for the Future

A revelatory account of how water has shaped the course of human life and history, and a positive vision of what the future can hold—if we act now
 
From the very creation of the planet billions of years ago to the present day, water has always been central to existence on Earth. And since long before the legendary Great Flood, it has been a defining force in the story of humanity. […Learn More]

Book cover of Life on the Rocks: Building a Future for Coral Reefs by Juli Berwald
Biological Sciences

Life on the Rocks: Building a Future for Coral Reefs

The story of the urgent fight to save coral reefs, and why it matters to us all

Coral reefs are a microcosm of our planet: extraordinarily diverse, deeply interconnected, and full of wonders. When they’re thriving, these fairy gardens hidden beneath the ocean’s surface burst with color and life. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Settler Sea: California's Salton Sea and the Consequences of Colonialism by Traci Brynne Voyles
Biological Sciences

The Settler Sea: California’s Salton Sea and the Consequences of Colonialism

Can a sea be a settler? What if it is a sea that exists only in the form of incongruous, head-scratching contradictions: a wetland in a desert, a wildlife refuge that poisons birds, a body of water in which fish suffocate? Traci Brynne Voyles’s history of the Salton Sea examines how settler colonialism restructures physical environments in ways that further Indigenous dispossession, racial capitalism, and degradation of the natural world. In other words, The Settler Sea asks how settler colonialism entraps nature to do settlers’ work for them. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Brilliant Abyss: Exploring the Majestic Hidden Life of the Deep Ocean, and the Looming Threat That Imperils It by Helen Scales
Biological Sciences

The Brilliant Abyss: Exploring the Majestic Hidden Life of the Deep Ocean, and the Looming Threat That Imperils It

A marine biologist vividly brings alive the extraordinary ecosystem of the deep ocean—a realm about which we know less than we do about the Moon—and shows how protecting rather than exploiting it will benefit mankind.

“The oceans have always shaped human lives,” writes marine biologist Helen Scales in her vibrant new book The Brilliant Abyss, but the surface and the very edges have so far mattered the most. “However, one way or another, the future ocean is the deep ocean.” […Learn More]