Fire Under the Sea: The Discovery of the Most Extraordinary Environment on Earth--Volcanic Hot Springs on the Ocean Floor

Joseph Cone, Author William Morrow & Company $25 (285p) ISBN 978-0-688-09834-6
Cone, who teaches science writing at Oregon State University, here offers a rare look at scientific discovery in progress. His smooth, evenhanded reporting compresses some 30 years of spectacular efforts from scientists working with ingenious machines-- and offers a ``new paradigm'' for earth sciences. The discovery of superheated seawater vents along ocean floor faultlines has not yet yielded ``the origins of life,'' but Cone provides jolts of sheer wonder and a successful model of science at work on a true frontier. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 07/29/1991
Release date: 08/01/1991
Paperback - 285 pages - 978-0-688-11905-8
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