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A Sea of Glass: Searching for the Blaschkas' Fragile Legacy by Drew Harvell,Harry W. Greene

By Drew Harvell,Harry W. Greene

"The writer makes an eloquent plea for marine biodiversity conservation."—Library Journal
"Harvell turns out to channel the devotion that inspired the Blaschkas."—The Guardian 
Winner of the 2016 nationwide outdoors publication Award, atmosphere Category

It began with a tumbler octopus. Dusty, damaged, and all yet forgotten, it stuck Drew Harvell’s eye. formed in complex element by means of the father-son glassmaking workforce of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, the octopus belonged to a menagerie of bizarre marine creatures that have been packed away for many years in a garage unit. greater than one hundred fifty years prior, the Blaschkas have been captivated by way of marine invertebrates and spun their likenesses into glass, documenting the lifetime of oceans untouched via weather swap and human affects. encouraged through the Blaschkas’ uncanny replicas, Harvell set out looking for their residing opposite numbers. In A Sea of Glass, she recounts this trip of an entire life, taking readers alongside as she dives underneath the ocean's floor to a not often noticeable global, revealing the fabulous and weird biology of a few of the main historic animals at the tree of existence. at the approach, we glimpse a century of switch in our ocean ecosystems and study which of the dwelling suits for the Blaschkas’ creations are, certainly, as fragile as glass.

Drew Harvell and the Blaschka menagerie are the topics of the documentary Fragile Legacy, which gained the simplest brief movie award on the 2015 Blue Ocean movie competition & Conservation Summit. research extra concerning the movie and take a look at the trailer here.

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