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 Last unexplored place on Earth : investigating the ocean floor with Alvin the submersible
 Author: Brown, Aly

 Publisher:  Feiwel and Friends (2023)

 Dewey: 551.46
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 163 p., ill., 23 cm

 BTSB No: 158133 ISBN: 9781250816689
 Ages: 9-12 Grades: 4-7

 Underwater exploration

Price: $25.38

Discover lost hydrogen bombs, underwater volcanoes, storied shipwrecks, and hundreds of new species living far beneath the waves.

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (09/15/23)
   School Library Journal (+) (10/01/23)
   Booklist (09/01/23)

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School Library Journal - 10/01/2023 Gr 4–7—People have explored every continent in our world, and yet the ocean is still mostly untouched. That's where the submarine Alvin comes in. The vessel has helped discover amazing things in the ocean, such as the Titanic's wreckage, volcanic ridges, wrecks at the bottom of the Black Sea, seemingly impossible life at the bottom of the ocean, and more! All of this is possible in a tiny sub that only fits three people and can go up to 21,000-ft below the surface of the ocean. 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. The book includes an expansive bibliography featuring recorded archives and interviews, books and articles, press releases, government documents, and more. Within each chapter there are reference excerpts with interesting side notes, fact bubbles, and lots of photographs from Alvin's journeys. Some of the reference bubbles are a little hard to read as the words seem to run into each other. VERDICT A comprehensive and engaging addition to nonfiction sections, where subjects like exploration, engineering, and oceans are popular.—Kristin J. Anderson - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 09/01/2023 The Alvin—a submersible research station named for pioneering sea-floor explorer Allyn Vine and first commissioned as a co-project by the U.S. Navy and the National Science Foundation in the 1960s—has made more than 5,000 trips to the lowest depths of the world's oceans. This upbeat account describes Alvin's most memorable missions, like the time it retrieved a lost nuclear weapon from the Mediterranean Sea. These events are recounted in breathless detail, and the narrative weaves in science and technology supported by judiciously placed sidebars, archival photographs, and simple experiments that demonstrate basics like how blubber provides insulation and how tectonic plates move. The text also documents groundbreaking discoveries: proof that Africa and South America used to be part of one supercontinent, the existence of hydrothermal vents and towers that support unprecedented life forms, and octopus nurseries. Recent coverage documents the inclusion of women in deep-sea exploration and ocean conservation and ecology. Copious references round out this engaging STEAM offering. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

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