Quick Reads

    Close Encounters with a Big Squid
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    Giant squid are so elusive they seem mythical. Here are five places that prove they’re real.

    Old Coast, New Coast: Sausalito, California
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    Where the marginalized, the outsized—and the at times fictionalized—characters of the San Francisco Bay area lived, circa the 1960s.

    The Sea Shanty Revival
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    Black humor and familiar tunes make for deck-stomping good times.

    The Subterranean Cartographers
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    An intrepid team of scientists explores and maps the lava tubes of the Galapagos Islands.

    Book Review: The Undersea Network
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    A new book, and companion website, maps the Internet’s fiber-optic backbone.

    The Salt Flats of Trapani
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    Don Genova discovers a crystalline link to his ancestors on the Sicilian shore.

    Five Aquarium Fish Best Left in the Ocean
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    For some fish, life in an aquarium dooms their very existence.

    Whooping Cranes vs. Big Oil
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    The last wild whooping cranes whoop, dance, and mate, oblivious to their greatest threat.

    New Wave in Art
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    Profiles of five artists who find creative inspiration in beach debris.

    Coastal Villages that Moved Away
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    Build a dam, Sam. Set off a bomb, Dom. Block a view, Lou. There are at least 50 ways to move your coastal village, but we’ve narrowed it down to...

    The Pirate Naturalist
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    Talented navigator, diligent observer, and bad-boy buccaneer, William Dampier may be the most accomplished travel writer and naturalist you’ve...

    Stefan Drzewiecki, Submarine Tsar
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    The world’s first submarine fleet was pedal-powered and short-lived. But its design was a game changer for modern warfare.

    Old Coast, New Coast: Doha, Qatar
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    From ocean to desert and everything in between, unearthing Doha’s coastline in photographs.

    Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
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    Betty Pratt-Johnson’s books brought ocean wonders to the world.

    The Party Slugs of Costa Rica
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    David Brian Butvill dives into a fiesta that’s invisible to the other partiers at the beach.

    True Blue
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    Far from its origins, a new pigment appeared on an Alaskan island and made an artistic splash.

    Back Home in the New Jersey Meadowlands
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    Old becomes new again after a lifetime of experience away.

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