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Adventure Beneath the Sea: Living in an Underwater Science Station

What would it be like to live sixty feet below the ocean waves? Author Ken Mallory and photographer Brian Skerry found out. They spent a week in the Aquarius underwater laboratory on a coral reef off the Florida Keys. They lived in cramped quarters. They went scuba diving every day—to study the fish of the reef and to use the underwater outhouse. They slept in bunks with the constant crackle of snapping shrimp coming through the shell of their underwater home. Skerry’s photographs from the pages of National Geographic Magazine capture the stunning sights of a strange undersea habitat.

The Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

Designated a national park by an act of Congress in 1996, the Boston Harbor Islands range in size from less than an acre to 274 acres. Adjacent to one of the nation's busiest urban centers, the thirty islands that comprise the 1,600-acre park are rich in history and both flora and fauna.

With gorgeous color photographs, maps, and informative text, this book guides you to each of the islands in the park and describes what you can see and do on each one. It also includes information about island wildlife and geology. Serving not only as an information resource but also as a souvenir, Boston Harbor Islands is sure to find a place on the bookshelf of everyone with an interest in the Boston area.

Swimming with Hammerhead Sharks

One of the world's experts on hammerhead sharks, marine biologist Pete Klimley is fighting the stereotype of sharks as primitive and vicious killers. In fact, hammerheads exhibit some remarkably sophisticated social behaviors, including their schooling in the hundreds at underwater seamounts in the Pacific Ocean. To tell the story of these incredible animals, author Ken Mallory talked with Pete Klimley and then traveled to tiny Cocos Island, 330 miles off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. There, he had the chance of a lifetime to see these awe-inspiring animals up close. School Library Journal, Starred

The Last Extinction

"The essays are united by the authors' passionate commitment to preserving the natural diversity, both genetic and esthetic, of the earth's myriad plant and animal species. As this book demonstrates...when we kill these other species, either directly or by destroying their habitats, we kill a bit of ourselves."
--Dorian Sagan, The New York Times Book Review (review of the first edition).

Library Journal selected The Last Extinction as one of the 100 most important scientific/technical books of 1986. A second edition of The Last Extinction was published in 1993.