|Life in hot water : wildlife at the bottom of the ocean
Author: Batten, Mary
A dramatic overview of the deep-sea wildlife that thrive in boiling water and permanent darkness at the bottom of the ocean.
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Booklist - 05/15/2022 Batten turns from the extreme cold of Antarctica (Life in a Frozen World, 2020) to the extreme depths of the ocean floor, where it should be cold. However, this informational picture book focuses on the ocean’s hydrothermal vents, “where volcanoes erupt daily, gushing superhot fluids above the seafloor” and where nothing should be able to live. Soft pastel, colored pencil, and airbrushed illustrations showcase luminous creatures and terrain along the dark ocean floor and present beautiful backdrops for Batten’s vivid descriptions of this strange and striking ecosystem. The author exhibits her research as she explains early exploration of the hydrothermal vents and continuing scientific discoveries of unusual animals, such as blind shrimp, pale vent octopuses, and tube worms (“like giant lipsticks”), living in extreme darkness, pressure, and heat. She also asks and answers questions that curious readers are probably wondering, most notably how animals rely on chemosynthesis, rather than photosynthesis, to eat in this harsh environment. Pros and cons of seafloor mining and deep ocean facts conclude this attractive investigation of the lesser-known ocean world. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.