Recommended Books/Reference Materials

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The ROV Manual: A User Guide for Observation Class Remotely Operated Vehicles The ROV Manual: A User Guide for Observation Class Remotely Operated Vehicles
by Robert D Christ and Robert L. Wernli, SrMany underwater operations that were once carried out by divers can now be carried out more efficiently and with less risk with Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). This is the first ROV “how-to” manual for those involved with smaller observation class ROVs used for surveying, inspection, observation and research purposes. As ROV technology becomes increasingly efficient and affordable, their use is rapidly spreading throughout a myriad of industries, everything from aquaculture to port and harbor security to underwater crime scene investigation, marine salvage, deep sea archaeology and commercial diving – even deep sea rescue missions are handled by ROVs.
Perspectives of San Diego Bay: A Field Guide Perspectives of San Diego Bay: A Field Guide
Foreword by Jane GoodallThis award-winning naturalists’s guide to San Diego’s intertidal zones and harbors was written and produced by eleventh-grade science, math, and humanities classes at a public charter school (High Tech High) close to San Diego Bay.
The Deep Voyage The Deep Voyage
by Will FormanAn International submarine race thrusts Rick Striker, an American sub designer and pilot, into the spotlight and world of undersea adventure with sabotage, intrigue and danger. A week before the race begins a freak accident critically injures one of Ricks co-pilots forcing him to make a decision that risks his own daughters life in order to realize his dream of winning the race. During the race several near fatal “incidents” occur that are caused by an unscrupulous racing rival that seriously endanger his sub and crew, including his daughter Margie. His determination to win the race forces his crew to undergo periods of extreme fatigue interrupted by occasions of mortal fear during an exiting never ending battle with the ever present dynamics and hazards in the deep abyssal seas as they seek their goal of fame and fortune at the end of the race.
The Spark in the Sea: Adventures in Marine ScienceEdited by David J. Horrigan and written by celebrated marine scientists and explorers, “The Spark in the Sea” is a collection of true and daring personal tales. From racing a submarine through a storm for a million dollar prize, to being attacked be a giant ray, to telepathically communicating with dolphins, to being the first people to see the Titanic in its watery grave, the reader soon learns that interacting with the ocean is a thrilling and character-building experience.
Second Sunrise Second Sunrise
by Robert WernliA japanese billionaire’s drive for revenge will sacrifice everything, including those closest to him, to wreak both financial and physical devistation on teh country that stole his life. A U.S. Olympic athlete and ocean explorer, driven to perfection, will accept no less than “taking the gold”. When their paths cross, only one can reach vicroty. From sumo matches in Japan, to earthquakes in California, to hidden terror in the depths of the Pacific Ocean, this international thriller takes the reader on a roller coaster ride.
Mapping the Deep: The Extraordinary Story of Ocean Science
by Robert KunzigA vivid, up-to-date tour of the Earth’s last frontier, a remote and mysterious realm that nonetheless lies close to the heart of even the most land-locked reader. The sea covers seven-tenths of the Earth, but we have mapped only a small percentage of it. The sea contains millions of species of animals and plants, but we have identified only a few thousand of them. The sea controls our planet’s climate, but we do not really understand how. The sea is still the frontier, and yet it seems so familiar that we sometimes forget how little we know about it. Just as we are poised on the verge of exploiting the sea on an unprecedented scale-mining it, fertilizing it, fishing it out-this book reminds us of how much we have yet to learn. More than that, it chronicles the knowledge explosion that has transformed our view of the sea in just the past few decades, and made it a far more interesting and accessible place. From the Big Bang to that far-off future time, two billion years from now, when our planet will be a waterless rock; from the lush crowds of life at sea floor hot springs to the invisible, jewel-like plants that float at the sea surface; from the restless shifting of the tectonic plates to the majestic sweep of the ocean currents.
Death of an Aquanaut
by William J. BuntonRevealed for the first time, the final 13 desperate, chaotic hours that would result in the tragic death of aquanaut Berry Cannon. The mysterious shroud surrounding his death is finally lifted in this intimately detailed book by a man who was there at the hopeful inception of Sealab III and also at its inglorious end.
Diving in High-Risk Environments, 3rd Edition
by Steven M. BarskyDiving in High-Risk Environments is considered the definitive text on polluted water diving, full-face masks, wireless communications, and surface-supplied gear. This third edition has been extensively revised and includes new photographs, illustrations, tables, and charts.
Dry Suit Diving, 3rd Edition
by Steven M. Barsky, Dick Long, Bob StintonDry Suit Diving is the most extensive text available on the subject from any publisher. It starts where the user manuals and training agency books end. For the person who wants to know everything about dry suits, this is the text to buy.
Artificial Reef Evaluation
by William Seaman (Editor)Artificial Reef Evaluation With Application to Natural Marine Habitats is a comprehensive guide to the methods used to evaluate how well artificial reefs in coastal and oceanic waters meet their objectives. It is the first volume to combine the essential disciplines required for evaluation, including engineering, economics, biology, and statistics.
The History of American Deep Submersible Operations
by Will FormanA thorough history of deep submersible development, written by a member of MTS – San Diego!
Fundamentals of Acoustical Oceanography (Applications of Modern Acoustics Series)
by Herman Medwin, Clarence Samuel ClayAn invaluable reference on underwater acoustics.
Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea
by Gary KinderThe story of the Central America, a sidewheel steamer which sank in 1857 off the Carolina coast laden with 21 tons of California gold. The ship then sat for 132 years, 200 miles offshore and almost two miles below the ocean’s surface, until 1989 when a deep-water research vessel sailed into the harbor at Norfolk, Virginia, fat with salvaged gold coins and bullion estimated to be worth one billion dollars.
The Terrible Hours: The Man Behind the Greatest Submarine Rescue in History
by Peter MaasThe story of Swede Momsen and the rescue of 33 crew members trapped 250 feet below the surface in the submarine Squalus, which disappeared during a test dive off the New England Coast.
Blind Man’s Bluff : The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage
By Sherry Sontag, Christopher Drew, Annette Lawrence DrewThe story of American submarine espionage during World War II.
The Eternal Darkness : A Personal History of Deep-Sea Exploration
By Robert D. Ballard, Will HivelyRobert Ballard recounts many of his explorations and provides a brief history of modern oceanography.
Diving Pioneers
by Eric HanauerThe saga of diving in America, told by the men and women who lived it and made it: The San Diego Scratchers who began free diving before Cousteau.
The Universe Below : Discovering the Secrets of the Deep Sea
by William J. Broad, Dimitry Schidlovsky (Illustrator)Discusses several aspects of exploration and discovery in the deep ocean.
The Deep Hot Biosphere
by Thomas GoldA book on Thomas Gold’s theories about oil, coal and natural gas formation and the existence of a subterranean biosphere.
Sea Change : A Message of the Oceans
by Sylvia Earle Earle, Joelle Delbourgo (Editor), Sylvia A. Earle
The story of Sylvia Earle’s exploration of the ocean, and a discussion on their present condition.