The Last Ocean

The Last Ocean

Antarctica's Ross Sea Project : Saving the Most Pristine Ecosystem on Earth

Book - 2013
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Random House, Inc.
A stunning collection of oceanic photography documenting the world’s last pristine ocean. Due to its remoteness and harsh weather, Antarctica’s Ross Sea remained free from human interference until 1996, when commercial fishing discovered it. Now that fishery removes 3,000 tons of fish annually, threatening to destroy the world’s last intact ecosystem. The Last Ocean organization started in 2004, joining scientists and environmental groups in a campaign to have the entire Ross Sea designated as an international marine protected area. One of the founding members of The Last Ocean is John Weller, whose photographs from the Ross Sea were collected during four trips to the Antarctic, including a four-month stay at McMurdo and Cape Royds, home of the southernmost penguin colony in the world.

Offering a rare glimpse into life at the edge of the world—from Emperor and Adélie penguins to silverfish, seals, and minke whales—Weller takes the reader on an unprecedented journey above and below the ocean surface. The Last Ocean is more than stunningly beautiful photography. It is a story central to our own: our struggle to sustain a population in a changing climate and with exponentially increasing pressures on world resources.

Baker & Taylor
A collection of photographs depicts life in and around the world's last pristine ocean and reveals how industrial vessels in search of Antarctic toothfish have threatened this ecosystem.

Book News
Quite a lavish, oversize book--13x10.75"--presenting the phenomenal photographs captured by Weller, whose passion for marine protection has involved him with numerous organizations and media projects. He's made four trips to the Ross Sea since 2005, and his dazzling photos document ice, water, and underwater vistas and animal inhabitants. He also provides the text, which describes the ecosystems and advocates for preservation. Annotation ©2014 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Rizzoli, 2013
ISBN: 9780847841233
Branch Call Number: 509.989 W458L
Characteristics: 222 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 28 x 34 cm
Additional Contributors: Safina, Carl 1955-


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