The title of this picture book says it all. The text by Michelle Cusolito and the magnificent illustrations by Nicole Wong provide readers of all ages with an intimate glimpse of ocean. Diving Deep is to be released in June, 2022 from Charlesbridge, but go ahead and pre-order it now!
This book will make you and your child or students say "WOW!"
Far away from shore,
past beaches and coral reefs,
the ocean's surface conceals
Earth's last unexplored wilderness.
What drives humans to dive into the sea
and sink deeper than the last inkling of light?
All illustrations copyright © 2022 by Nicole Wong. Used with permission.
It is slightly bigger than a city bus. Scientists who live and work in Aquarius dive to the lab using scuba gear. They live at two and a half times the pressure at sea level. Observers at the surface monitor the habitat through live video and audio feeds. B y living at depth, scientists can dive for many more hours than from a boat on the surface, and they can complete research projects in less time. Before returning to the surface, they go through seventeen hours of decompression inside Aquarius. Then they swim to the surface using a small tank of air. Dangers include Aquarius system failure and DCS during quick emergency returns to the surface.
Typical depth: up to 1,000 meters (3,300 feet)
Time: 6 to 12 hours. Number of people: 1 to 3. A DeepWorker submersible is like a chair with a submarine wrapped around it. As with other submersibles, the pressure inside is the same as at sea level. A clear, domed top provides a wide view, and dives last about six hours. The pilot drives with their feet, leaving their hands free to take notes or photographs. A headset allows communication with the surface. Triton 3300 submersibles carry one to three people and can dive for eight to ten hours.
The book returns full circle to the young girl and her adult companion snorkeling in a coral reef.
Tomorrow we may
unlock more secrets of life on Earth.
The last two pages show images of individuals and machines in various water depths.