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Author Barnett, Cynthia, 1966- author.

Title The sound of the sea : seashells and the fate of the oceans / Cynthia Barnett.

Publication Info. New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, 2021.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    591.477 BAR    Available
 GDL Montrose Library Non-Fiction    591.477 BAR    Available
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Edition First edition.
Description xii, 417 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 350-402) and index.
Contents Introduction: Cockles -- Miracle. First shells ; Everything from shells ; The voice of the past ; Great cities of shell -- Capital. Money ; Madness ; American shells ; Shell Oil ; Shell shock -- Oracle. The end of abundance ; Saving the queens ; Glowing future ; Trust in nature -- Conclusion: The open end.
Summary "A compelling history of seashells and the animals that make them, revealing what they have to tell us about nature, our changing oceans, and ourselves. Seashells have been the most coveted and collected of nature's creations since the dawn of humanity. They were money before coins, jewelry before gems, art before canvas. In The Sound of the Sea, environmental author Cynthia Barnett blends cultural history and science to trace our long love affair with seashells and the hidden lives of the mollusks that make them. Spiraling out from the great cities of shell that once rose in North America to the warming waters of the Maldives and the slave castles of Ghana, Barnett has created an unforgettable account of the world's most iconic seashells. She begins with their childhood wonder, unwinds surprising histories like the origin of Shell Oil as a family business importing exotic shells, and charts what shells and the soft animals that build them are telling scientists about our warming, acidifying seas. From the eerie calls of early shell trumpets to the evolutionary miracle of spines and spires and the modern science of carbon capture inspired by shell, Barnett circles to her central point of listening to nature's wisdom--and acting on what seashells have to say about taking care of each other and our world"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Shells.
Shells -- History.
Mollusks -- History.
Mollusk remains (Archaeology)
ISBN 9780393651447 hardcover
0393651444 hardcover
Standard No. 40030636093

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