River in the Sea

The Gulf Stream: Tiny Plankton, Giant Bluefin, and the Amazing Story of the Powerful River in the Atlantic

What do Portuguese men-of-war, pirates, Benjamin Franklin, and Ernest Hemingway have in common? They are all closely associated with the Gulf Stream.

In this wonderful book, Stan Ulanski ties together many facets of this great river in the sea, including its oceanography, biology, history, commerce, and voyaging under sail. He introduces numerous fascinating characters and creatures—for instance, by-the-wind sailors, a variety of jellyfish that can actually sail across the wind. He also clears up a number of common misconceptions—for example, the Gulf Stream is not the primary reason England is warm despite its northern latitude.

Whether you view the Gulf Steam as a navigational challenge to be deciphered and outsmarted, a dangerous adversary to be crossed as quickly as possible, a playground for fishing, or something else altogether, this book almost certainly has something in it for you.

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