Into the Deep

Science, Technology, and the Quest to Protect the Ocean

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Containing 97 percent of Earth’s water supply, the ocean plays a huge role in regulating global temperatures, supporting plant and animal life, and contributing to the livelihoods of millions of people. But in spite of all this, the ocean remains drastically unexplored, and the details of its impact on human lives aren’t fully understood.

Scientists from around the world are realizing that to address issues plaguing the ocean, such as dead zones, coral bleaching, and climate change, we need to better understand this incredible, unique feature of our planet. With a range of impressive, cutting-edge technologies at their disposal, oceanographers have set out to measure, sample, and analyze at every turn. Every day, mysteries about the ocean are being solved, and every day, new questions come to light. The more scientists learn, the better they are able to answer these new questions.

What lies in the deep? And who is at the forefront of these exciting discoveries? The scientists and research included in this book shed light on the most pressing issues currently facing oceanographers and point us in the right direction to solving these challenges.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Science, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, STEM, STEM: Earth Science
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 152
Publication Date 2020-04-07
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN050070, YAN003030, YAN055000
Dewey 551.46
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1200
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, and Starred Reviews

Author: Christy Peterson

Christy Peterson is a children's science and technology writer based in Vancouver, Washington. She has written more than 30 books and articles for young readers.


  • Washington State Book Award Finalist, Short-listed, 2021



“Scientist profiles, photos of the scientists in action, graphs, and other visuals throughout add context and relevance.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“Along with a colorful layout and numerous photos and diagrams, the presentation is inviting for reluctant readers without sacrificing contextual depth. . . . [A] rich source for topical research or inspiration to students interested in pursuing studies in science. Highly recommended for all elementary and middle school libraries.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“[P]erfect for homework and leisure exploration. A captivating and well-researched deep dive into oceanography.”—Kirkus Reviews