Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas by Stefan Helmreich

By Stefan Helmreich

Alien Ocean immerses readers in worlds being newly explored by way of marine biologists, worlds frequently out of sight and achieve: the deep sea, the microscopic realm, and oceans past nationwide obstacles. operating along scientists at sea and in labs in Monterey Bay, Hawai'i, the Woods gap Oceanographic establishment, and the Sargasso Sea and at undersea volcanoes within the japanese Pacific, Stefan Helmreich charts how revolutions in genomics, bioinformatics, and distant sensing have pressed marine biologists to determine the ocean as lively via its smallest population: marine microbes. Thriving in astonishingly severe stipulations, such microbes became key figures in medical and public debates in regards to the starting place of existence, weather switch, biotechnology, or even the potential of existence on different worlds.

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The video timer goes off in my pocket. I race to the yak zone. Other people in the science party have gotten sick, too, in spite of the drugs. Adam remarks that it is hard to do science under these The Message from the Mud conditions; you're either sleepy or sick. Lobos is notorious for making people ill. A poem about the ship penned by an MBARlan ends, But I am experiencing technical difficulties: My heave compensator has failed, Compiler's in error, signals drowning in noise, Standard output is over the raip2 When I reenter the control room, Adam has kindly changed videotapes and taken my place at VICKI.

Alienated from the ocean, humanity may be destined to damage it. And ancient life forms, with ways alien to contemporary oxygen-addicted humans, may inherit the earth. 68 This story of evolution, devolution, and revolution coils together narratives of the conjoined origins of self and alien in the sea.

On ship, oceanic data management is less of a chess problem than, perhaps, an exercise in underwater basket weaving, a material practice of manipulating form in a saturating medium, an activity more challenging than its folkloric association with easy college classes would suggest. A call from the Aquarium interrupts my ROV tutorial. Through our shipboard monitor of the Aquarium auditorium, Knute and I see stock footage of the very control room in which we sit. I squint at the image of the docent on our screen and hear her tell her audience, in a tinny television voice, "Nothing is larger or more important than the ocean.

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