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The Girl of the Sea of Cortez by Peter Benchley

Title The Girl of the Sea of Cortez
Author Peter Benchley
Publisher Ballantine Books
Release 2013-08-20
Category Fiction
Total Pages 256
ISBN 0345544153
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Peter Benchley’s fascination with the sea and its magnificent inhabitants inspired such classic novels as Jaws and The Deep, making him the preeminent author of ocean adventure and suspense. The Girl of the Sea of Cortez was his most heartfelt, cherished story of the relationship between man and the sea, both those that live in it and those who love it. On an island in the Gulf of California, an intrepid young woman named Paloma carries a special legacy from her father—a deep understanding of the sea and a sixth sense about the need to protect it. Every day, Paloma paddles her tiny boat into the ocean and anchors over a seamount—a submerged volcanic peak sixty feet underwater that is clustered with spectacular sea animals and a wondrous web of marine life. It is there that an astonishing event takes place, when on one of her dives Paloma is shadowed by a manta ray—an animal so large it blocks the sun. She develops an extraordinary relationship with this luminous, gentle creature, but instinctively knows its existence is a secret she must fiercely protect. Benchley’s novel paints a poignant picture of humanity’s precarious relationship with the ocean, which unfolds alongside a heartrending story of familial bonds, often revealing that the ignorance of man is far more dangerous than the sea. Full of beauty, danger, and adventure, The Girl of the Sea of Cortez is triumphant—a novel to fall in love with. Praise for The Girl of the Sea of Cortez “It’s hard not to compare Benchley’s tale . . . with Hemingway’s classic The Old Man and the Sea.”—The Christian Science Monitor “Charming.”—The New York Times Book Review “For a hot summer’s day, The Girl of the Sea of Cortez is the next best thing to looking through a clear face mask into blue water swimming with fish.”—United Press International

Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck

Title Sea of Cortez
Author John Steinbeck
Publisher Penguin Group USA
Release 2009-07
Category Science
Total Pages 598
ISBN 9780143117216
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The collaboration of two friends-one a novelist, one a novelist, one a marine biologist-produced a volume in which fascinating popular science is woven into a narrative of man's dreams, his ideals, and his accomplishments through the centuries. Sea of Cortez is one of those rare books that are all things to all readers. Actually the record of a brief collecting expedition in the lonely GUlf of California, it will be science to the scientist, philosophy to the philosopher, and to the average man an adventure in living and thinking. Sea of Cortez is a book to be read and remembered on two levels. It is a journey through a remote and beautiful corner of the world, a diary filled with the daily excitements and triumphs of skillful and energetic men. It is also an invitation to see the world anew from a fresh vantage point and perhaps with a broader and more understanding spirit.

The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck

Title The Log from the Sea of Cortez
Author John Steinbeck
Publisher Penguin UK
Release 2001-01-18
Category Literary Collections
Total Pages 320
ISBN 0141190779
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

In 1940 Steinbeck sailed in a sardine boat with his great friend the marine biologist, Ed Ricketts, to collect marine invertebrates from the beaches of the Gulf of California. The expedition was described by the two men in SEA OF CORTEZ, published in 1941. The day-to-day story of the trip is told here in the Log, which combines science, philosophy and high-spirited adventure. An exhilarating and highly entertaining read.

Reef Fishes of the Sea of Cortez by Donald A. Thomson

Title Reef Fishes of the Sea of Cortez
Author Donald A. Thomson
Publisher University of Texas Press
Release 2010-07-05
Category Nature
Total Pages 407
ISBN 0292786913
Language English, Spanish, and French
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First published in 1979, this guide has become the standard resource for scientists, divers, and spearfishers interested in the fishes of the tropical Pacific Coast. The authors have revised and updated this edition to include the most current taxonomic information, additional species descriptions, and new illustrations.

Sea of Cortez Marine Animals by Daniel Gotshall

Title Sea of Cortez Marine Animals
Author Daniel Gotshall
Publisher
Release 1998
Category Science
Total Pages 110
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This color field guide describes 189 species of fish and 65 species of invertebrates that are commonly observed by divers and snorkelers in this region. Each species is illustrated with a color photo. The narrative includes identification, maximum size, habitat, geographic range, and, in most cases, natural history notes.

Title The Desert Islands of Mexico s Sea of Cortez
Author Stewart W. Aitchison
Publisher University of Arizona Press
Release 2010
Category Nature
Total Pages 103
ISBN 9780816527748
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The desert islands in the Sea of Cortez are little known except to a few intrepid tourists, sailors, and fishermen. Though at first glance these stark islands may appear barren, they are a refuge for an astounding variety of plants and animals. While many of the species are typical of the greater Sonoran Desert region, some are endemic or unique to one or two islands. For example, Isla Santa Catalina is home to the worldÕs only rattlesnake that has lost its ability to grow a rattle. Other islands host nesting birds, such as Isla Rasa, a tiny, flat flow of basalt lava that attracts nearly half a million elegant and royal terns and HeermannÕs gulls each spring. The Desert Islands of MexicoÕs Sea of Cortez is one of the few books devoted to the biogeography of this remarkable part of the world. The book explores the geologic origin of the gulf and its islands, presents some of the basics of island biogeography, details insular lifeÑincluding residents of the intertidal zone Ñand provides a brief outlook for preserving this area. More than a simple guidebook, AitchisonÕs writing will take both actual and armchair travelers through a gripping tale of natural history. Like the rest of our fragile planet, the Sea of Cortez and its islands are threatened by humans. Overfishing has eliminated or greatly diminished many fish stocks, and dams on rivers that once flowed into the gulf prevent certain nutrients from reaching the sea. The tenuousness of this area makes the bookÕs extraordinary photographs and the firsthand descriptions by a well-known teacher, writer, and photographer all the more compelling.

Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck

Title Sea of Cortez
Author John Steinbeck
Publisher New York : The Viking Press
Release 1941
Category California, Gulf of
Total Pages 598
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Advance copy, unrevised proofs, of the 1941 Viking Press edition of Sea of Cortez. This proof contains Part I only, meaning the log of the trip written (mostly) by Steinbeck, but not Part II with the scientific appendix by Ricketts and its color plates.

Sea of Cortez by Shawn Breeding

Title Sea of Cortez
Author Shawn Breeding
Publisher
Release 2015-02-15
Category Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula)
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780980090147
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The most accurate and comprehensive guide for Mexico's Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California)

Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck

Title Sea of Cortez
Author John Steinbeck
Publisher Penguin
Release 2009-07-08
Category Travel
Total Pages 656
ISBN 1101148500
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The collaboration of two friends—one a novelist, one a marine biologist—produced a volume in which fascinating popular science is woven into a narrative of man’s dreams, his ideals, and his accomplishments through the centuries. Sea of Cortez is one of those rare books that are all things to all readers. Actually the record of a brief collecting expedition in the lonely Gulf of California, it will be science to the scientist, philosophy to the philosopher, and to the average man an adventure in living and thinking. The teeming and wildly competitive world of the sand flats is seen in terms of history, politics, ethics, and sociology; a starfish is important, not only because it is a new variety, but because it is essential to the delicate balance of the whole region in which it is found. Steinbeck and Ricketts are the opposite of “pure” scientists: it is not only their work that fascinates them, but the complicated and enormously exciting implications of that work. Sea of Cortez is a book to be read and remembered on two levels. It is a journey through a remote and beautiful corner of the world, a diary filled with the daily excitements and triumphs of skillful and energetic men. It is also an invitation to see the world anew from a fresh vantage point and perhaps with a broader and more understanding spirit.

Title Diving and Snorkeling the Sea of Cortez
Author Susan Speck
Publisher AuthorHouse
Release 2006-11
Category Health & Fitness
Total Pages 92
ISBN 1425932029
Language English, Spanish, and French
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I have written this book for everyone who used drugs or is using drugs, and is in prison or treatment. I have written this book for your kids and family who had to go through pain and trials and were strong enough to make it through. I want to say to all the parents out there who are using, please read my book, see and feel my pain, my hurt, my loss, and understand that your children are hurting. Every time you want to get high think about what I went through; think about how you don't want your children hurt. Never say never you never know what's happening to your kids when you are leading a life in drugs and crime. Let my book awake you out of your coma and break those generational curses that have been passed down to you, and save your kids from heartache and pain. Let life come back into your mind, body, and soul because you can't stay lost forever. Let this book rock the very foundation you stand on because it's all true. You have to love yourself so you can love your kids. Trust in God no matter what your beliefs are; trust in God, he will carry you, he will be your first husband, your father, and your mother, even your best friend. If you're using, please wake up; even if you don't have any kids you are worth it, you are loved, you are human. Learn to forgive, and forgive yourself. Speak life into yourself, not death; no matter how hard life is get up and keep on keeping on. And for all the kids who are going through this, stay strong and faithful in God the man above, and never, never do drugs no matter how sad or depressed you get. Remember if you never take your first hit you will never have to quit! Stay clean and drug-free for all your days on earth. Look at me, I am drug-free despite what I've been through, so have faith and stay strong. Lots of love, Marlisha

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