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Author Barnett, Cynthia, 1966- author.

Title The sound of the sea : seashells and the fate of the oceans / Cynthia Barnett.

Publication Info. New York : W.W. Norton and Company, 2021.
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 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  591.477 BAR    AVAILABLE
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Description xii, 417 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-402) and index.
Contents Introduction: cockles -- Part I. Miracle. First shells (Marine fossils, Quadrireticulum allisoniae) -- Everything from shells (The Chambered Nautilus, Nautilus pompilius) -- The Voice of the Past (Triton's Trumpet, Charonia tritonis) -- Great Cities of Shell (The Lightning Whelk, Sinistrofulgur sinistrum) -- Part II. Capital. Shell money (The Money Cowrie, Monetaria moneta) -- Shell Madness (The precious Wentletrap, Epitonium scalare) -- American Shells (The Lettered Olive, Olivia sayana) -- Shell Oil (The Murex, Hexaplex trunculus) -- Shell Shock (The Junonia, Scaphella junonia) -- Part III. The Oracle. The End of Abundance (The Bay Scallop, Argopecten irradians) -- Saving the queens (The Queen Conch, Aligre gigas) -- Glowing future (The Giant Clam, Tridacna gigas) -- Trust in nature (The Geographer Cone, Conus geographus) -- Conclusion: The open end (Shell People, Homo sapiens).
Summary "Seashells have been the most coveted and collected of nature's creations since the dawn of humanity. They were money before coins, jewelry before gems, art before canvas. In The Sound of the Sea, acclaimed environmental author Cynthia Barnett blends cultural history and science to trace our long love affair with seashells and the hidden lives of the mollusks that make them. Spiraling out from the great cities of shell that once rose in North America to the warming waters of the Maldives and the slave castles of Ghana, Barnett has created an unforgettable account of the world's most iconic seashells. She begins with their childhood wonder, unwinds surprising histories like the origin of Shell Oil as a family business importing exotic shells, and charts what shells and the soft animals that build them are telling scientists about our warming, acidifying seas. From the eerie calls of early shell trumpets to the evolutionary miracle of spines and spires and the modern science of carbon capture inspired by shell, Barnett circles to her central point of listening to nature's wisdom-and acting on what seashells have to say about taking care of each other and our world." --book jacket
Subject Shells -- History.
Shells.
Mollusk remains (Archaeology)
Climatic changes.
Added Title Seashells and the fate of the oceans
ISBN 9780393651447
0393651444
Standard No. 40030636093
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