Paul Humphries reviews 'Wild Sea: A history of the Southern Ocean' by Joy McCann

Paul Humphries reviews 'Wild Sea: A history of the Southern Ocean' by Joy McCann

Wild Sea: A history of the Southern Ocean

by Joy McCann

NewSouth, $32.99 pb, 256 pp, 9781742235738

Icebergs loom large in Joy McCann’s Wild Sea: A history of the Southern Ocean. They are one of the most recognisable features of the higher latitudes of the Southern Ocean and the one that people often look forward to the most when voyaging south for the first time. Ice gets its own chapter in an inspiring book that spans the geologic and human history of this great swath of howling, tide-swept body of water that girdles the world.

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Paul Humphries

Paul Humphries

Paul Humphries lectures in ecology and animal diversity and studies the ecology of rivers at Charles Sturt University. He has published many scientific papers, book chapters, history of science, and opinion pieces. He is co-editor of Ecology of Australian Freshwater Fishes, published by CSIRO Publishing in April 2013. His River Ecology and Research blog is at paulhumphriesriverecology.wordpress.com
Published in October 2018, no. 405

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