A Sea of Glass, 13: Searching for the Blaschkas' Fragile Legacy in an Ocean at Risk Drew Harvell

A Sea of Glass, 13: Searching for the Blaschkas' Fragile Legacy in an Ocean at Risk

Author: Drew Harvell
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Book Title
A Sea of Glass, 13: Searching for the Blaschkas' Fragile Legacy in an Ocean at Risk
Author
Drew Harvell
ISBN
9780520303577
"The author makes an eloquent plea for marine biodiversity conservation."--Library Journal"Harvell seems to channel the devotion that motivated the Blaschkas."--The Guardian Winner of the 2016 National Outdoor Book Award, Environment Category It started with a glass octopus. Dusty, broken, and all but forgotten, it caught Drew Harvell's eye. Fashioned in intricate detail by the father-son glassmaking team of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, the octopus belonged to a menagerie of unusual marine creatures that had been packed away for decades in a storage unit. More than 150 years earlier, the Blaschkas had been captivated by marine invertebrates and spun their likenesses into glass, documenting the life of oceans untouched by climate change and human impacts. Inspired by the Blaschkas' uncanny replicas, Harvell set out in search of their living counterparts. In A Sea of Glass, she recounts this journey of a lifetime, taking readers along as she dives beneath the ocean's surface to a rarely seen world, revealing the surprising and unusual biology of some of the most ancient animals on the tree of life. On the way, we glimpse a century of change in our ocean ecosystems and learn which of the living matches for the Blaschkas' creations are, indeed, as fragile as glass. Drew Harvell and the Blaschka menagerie are the subjects of the documentary Fragile Legacy, which won the Best Short Film award at the 2015 Blue Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit. Learn more about the film and check out the trailer here. Binding Type: PaperbackAuthor: Drew HarvellPublisher: University of California PressPublished: 04/02/2019ISBN: 9780520303577Pages: 232Weight: 1.10lbsSize: 8.70h x 6.80w x 0.60d
"The author makes an eloquent plea for marine biodiversity conservation."--Library Journal"Harvell seems to channel the devotion that motivated the Blaschkas."--The Guardian
Winner of the 2016 National Outdoor Book Award, Environment Category

It started with a glass octopus. Dusty, broken, and all but forgotten, it caught Drew Harvell's eye. Fashioned in intricate detail by the father-son glassmaking team of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, the octopus belonged to a menagerie of unusual marine creatures that had been packed away for decades in a storage unit. More than 150 years earlier, the Blaschkas had been captivated by marine invertebrates and spun their likenesses into glass, documenting the life of oceans untouched by climate change and human impacts. Inspired by the Blaschkas' uncanny replicas, Harvell set out in search of their living counterparts. In A Sea of Glass, she recounts this journey of a lifetime, taking readers along as she dives beneath the ocean's surface to a rarely seen world, revealing the surprising and unusual biology of some of the most ancient animals on the tree of life. On the way, we glimpse a century of change in our ocean ecosystems and learn which of the living matches for the Blaschkas' creations are, indeed, as fragile as glass.

Drew Harvell and the Blaschka menagerie are the subjects of the documentary Fragile Legacy, which won the Best Short Film award at the 2015 Blue Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit. Learn more about the film and check out the trailer here.


Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Drew Harvell
Publisher: University of California Press
Published: 04/02/2019
ISBN: 9780520303577
Pages: 232
Weight: 1.10lbs
Size: 8.70h x 6.80w x 0.60d
"The author makes an eloquent plea for marine biodiversity conservation."--Library Journal"Harvell seems to channel the devotion that motivated the Blaschkas."--The Guardian
Winner of the 2016 National Outdoor Book Award, Environment Category

It started with a glass octopus. Dusty, broken, and all but forgotten, it caught Drew Harvell's eye. Fashioned in intricate detail by the father-son glassmaking team of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, the octopus belonged to a menagerie of unusual marine creatures that had been packed away for decades in a storage unit. More than 150 years earlier, the Blaschkas had been captivated by marine invertebrates and spun their likenesses into glass, documenting the life of oceans untouched by climate change and human impacts. Inspired by the Blaschkas' uncanny replicas, Harvell set out in search of their living counterparts. In A Sea of Glass, she recounts this journey of a lifetime, taking readers along as she dives beneath the ocean's surface to a rarely seen world, revealing the surprising and unusual biology of some of the most ancient animals on the tree of life. On the way, we glimpse a century of change in our ocean ecosystems and learn which of the living matches for the Blaschkas' creations are, indeed, as fragile as glass.

Drew Harvell and the Blaschka menagerie are the subjects of the documentary Fragile Legacy, which won the Best Short Film award at the 2015 Blue Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit. Learn more about the film and check out the trailer here.


Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Drew Harvell
Publisher: University of California Press
Published: 04/02/2019
ISBN: 9780520303577
Pages: 232
Weight: 1.10lbs
Size: 8.70h x 6.80w x 0.60d