Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World

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Grove Press, 2002 - Всего страниц: 368
In Neutral Buoyancy, journalist and diver Tim Ecott takes you on a guided tour of the history of undersea exploration and the emergence of diving culture. He tells the extraordinary story of man's attempts to breathe underwater, from the sponge divers described by Aristotle, to the development of sixteenth-century diving bells, to the invention of modern scuba equipment. Along the way, Ecott intersperses the story with his own thrilling adventures, from the waters of the South Pacific to the remote islands of the Seychelles, from explorations in the clear, flowing tides of Sardinia to a near-death experience in the cold gray depths of the English Channel. Filled with engaging stories of humanity's conquest of the undersea world -- and heart-pounding action that will leave you breathless -- Neutral Buoyancy is a compelling blend of history and adventure, an exciting overview of the world of undersea diving. "As elemental, entertaining, and stimulating as the environment it traces." -- Kirkus Reviews "Engaging ... Neutral Buoyancy will certainly become cult reading for divers." -- Alexander Urquhart, The Times Literary Supplement "Ecott's encyclopedic recounting of diving history ... should be awarded a place on any diver's reference shelf." -- Paul McHugh, San Francisco Chronicle
 

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NEUTRAL BUOYANCY: Adventures in a Liquid World

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An enticing catalogue of undersea diving experiences, with extended side trips into the sport's history and culture, from BBC reporter Ecott.As a sport, diving is a mere 50 years old, so there is ... Читать весь отзыв

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This book is a bit scattershot, full of episodes focused mostly on the development of scuba diving but with excursions to cover other aspects of diving as well. For example, it goes into some detail ... Читать весь отзыв

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Healing Waters
1
Clutching at Air
7
Fiji South Pacific
46
Organic Gold
51
Tarpon Springs Florida
62
Desroches Island Amirantes
82
Straightening the Bends
83
County Down Coast The Irish Sea
96
Chariots of War
191
Long Beach California
214
Peveril Ledges Dorset
228
Habitats
237
Conception Arena Seychelles
278
Hells Teeth The Bahamas Western Atlantic
283
Diving Free
297
Meeting of Minds
327

Advanced French
103
Freeport Bahamas 1968
125
Farquhar Island Southern Indian Ocean
136
Flickering Images
141
In the Shadow of the Fire God
159
Brissare Rocks Seychelles
334
Acknowledgements
339
Select Bibliography
341
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