I am a vessel of life.
When people from Europe, Asia, Africa flocked to a new life in a new land, they came across me.
When science had deemed an ancient fish as long extinct, fishermen brought the coelacanth out of my depths.
When the land had no more to tell of past civilizations, archaeologists found secrets of history deep within me.
When explorers searched for life in my darkest depths, they discovered a world stranger than Mars.
When creatures on both land and sea need food, I provide sustenance.
When humans want to keep living creatures, I support life in this bit of ocean.
I am water.
Sources (for parts 1-3)
- The Sea and Civilisation: a Maritime History of the World, by Lincoln Paine.
- Wilson, Ben. “The Sea and Civilisation: a Maritime History of the World, by Lincoln Paine, review.” The Telegraph, 2 Feb 2014. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/10608176/The-Sea-and-Civilisation-a-Maritime-History-of-the-World-by-Lincoln-Paine-review.html. Accessed 3 Apr. 2017.
(Photo of Coral Reef. Courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
- History is Aquatic, Part 3 - October 16, 2018
- History is Aquatic, Part 2 - October 12, 2018
- History is Aquatic, Part 1 - April 7, 2018
- On the Exceptional Educational Value of the Reef Aquarium - November 8, 2017