The Last Unexplored Place on Earth: Investigating the Ocean Floor with Alvin the Submersible (Hardcover)
Dive into the world of Alvin the Submersible, as award winning journalist Aly Brown shares the stories of what lies beneath the waves, including lost hydrogen bombs, underwater volcanoes, storied shipwrecks, and hundreds of new species.
Humans have explored the far reaches of the globe, from the top of Mount Everest to Badwater Basin—a stretch of land 282 feet below sea level. But for most of our time on this planet, the ocean has been a huge mystery. It's only in the last 50 years that scientists have really started studying the ocean floor, with the help of one amazing creation: Alvin the submersible.
A deep-sea vessel that can sink miles below the surface with three people inside, Alvin and its crew have uncovered a treasure trove of information in the last fifty years. From tracking down lost hydrogen bombs to exploring underwater volcanoes to capturing footage of storied shipwrecks, there's so much waiting to be discovered beneath the waves!
Join award winning journalist Aly Brown as she dives into the wonders of Alvin’s world and see for yourself what lies in the last unexplored place on earth!
"This fascinating book gives the history of the Alvin sub and how its invention and upgrades have now made it possible to explore up to 99 percent of the ocean. It has been around for 50 years and is still making amazing discoveries. This book is not just about the sub, but about the scientists who have been lucky enough to ride in it and the discoveries they’ve made." -- School Library Journal, starred review
"Brown retraces Alvin’s storied career with frequent references to oral histories and interviews with many pilots and passengers... she offers vivid impressions of the exhilarating rewards: the excitement of plunging into the deep’s unexplored reaches, where any moment could bring some fresh new biological or geophysical discovery... “Pretty neat!” as the author puts it. Readers will agree." --Kirkus, starred review
"This upbeat account ... weaves in science and technology supported by judiciously placed sidebars, archival photographs, and simple experiments... Copious references round out this engaging STEAM offering." --Booklist