The Brilliant Abyss

Helen Scales. Bloomsbury. (352p) ISBN 9781472966865

The Brilliant Abyss
The Brilliant Abyss
Though my main reading genre at the moment is speculative fiction I really love reading well-written books on science and aspects of the planet, especially nature writing.

This is a well-written book, covering one of the most unexplored areas of the planet, The Deep Abyss.

In the first part of the book we explore various habitats with Dr. Helen Scales, revealing some truly wondrous examples of animals such as the Scaly-foot snail with a shell made from iron, jelly creatures of all shapes and function, lantern fish, and so much more. Detailing intricate webs of dependency and extremely localised habitats with unique species, but also expanding the view on how much actually lives in the abyss.

The detailed explanations revealed a passion about the abyss which then transferred to the next sections where Dr. Scales described the possible consequences of mass exploitation of this habitat and how it would most likely be wiped out due to the type of species that lived there (slow growing and developing), but also gave solutions to stop this.

I really enjoyed the writing style which was in depth enough to give detail without being too brief to fit a lot in, Dr. Scales obvious passion shines throughout. Lots of new information (to me) kept me riveted from start to finish.

I was given this for an honest review by NetGalley.

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