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Terrific writer, a poet-scientist JUST READ IT !
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 9, 2015
David Campbell is, quite simply, a poet scientist. His writing is stunning, for ANY genre, but for a scientist, he's extraordinary. There are passages in this book that I read and re-read, just because the language is so amazing. His deep love for the natural world and the creatures/systems he studies shine through on every page, and his willingness to speak from his heart about what is happening to these wild places is not often found in serious scientific writing, which this most definitely is! If you want to be fascinated even while reading a sometimes dense explanation of how the ecosystems of the Antarctic work, this is your book. Never did I think I'd have any feelings toward the critters living in the benthic ooze -- but I'm here to tell you that because of his portrayal of their life cycles, I have new-found respect for the term "web of life" and the amazing abilities of even these tiniest of creatures. You will not be sorry you read this book. I have also read his book about the Amazon and was equally knocked over by it and highly recommend A Land of Ghosts.