Graveyards of the Pacific: From Pearl Harbor To Bikini Island

by BALLARD ROBERT D

National Geographic Adventure Press | June 12, 2008 | Hardcover

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To be published in the 60th anniversary year of the infamous bombing of Pearl Harbor, Graveyards of the Pacific is Dr. Robert Ballard''s compelling survey of the major WWII Pacific battlefields and graveyards, including Midway, Guadalcanal, and Truk Lagoon. This authoritative overview of the Pacific war begins with a thrilling account of Ballard''s search for an elusive midget sub sunk just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, and ends with the American nuclear tests on Bikini Island, where captured German and Japanese craft were scuttled.

Featuring rare archival photographs, firsthand accounts of Ballard''s explorations, and the stories of survivors and eyewitnesses to the Pacific conflicts, Graveyards of the Pacific will be published to coincide with the national theatrical release of the May 2001 film, Pearl Harbor. In this lavishly illustrated and definitive book, Ballard, a pioneering marine scientist and explorer best known for his discovery of the Titanic, has succeeded in recreating a defining period in American history.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 Pages, 9.45 × 11.81 × 0.79 in

Published: June 12, 2008

Publisher: National Geographic Adventure Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0792263669

ISBN - 13: 9780792263661

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Graveyards of the Pacific: From Pearl Harbor To Bikini Island

Graveyards of the Pacific: From Pearl Harbor To Bikini Island

by BALLARD ROBERT D

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 Pages, 9.45 × 11.81 × 0.79 in

Published: June 12, 2008

Publisher: National Geographic Adventure Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0792263669

ISBN - 13: 9780792263661

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To be published in the 60th anniversary year of the infamous bombing of Pearl Harbor, Graveyards of the Pacific is Dr. Robert Ballard''s compelling survey of the major WWII Pacific battlefields and graveyards, including Midway, Guadalcanal, and Truk Lagoon. This authoritative overview of the Pacific war begins with a thrilling account of Ballard''s search for an elusive midget sub sunk just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, and ends with the American nuclear tests on Bikini Island, where captured German and Japanese craft were scuttled.

Featuring rare archival photographs, firsthand accounts of Ballard''s explorations, and the stories of survivors and eyewitnesses to the Pacific conflicts, Graveyards of the Pacific will be published to coincide with the national theatrical release of the May 2001 film, Pearl Harbor. In this lavishly illustrated and definitive book, Ballard, a pioneering marine scientist and explorer best known for his discovery of the Titanic, has succeeded in recreating a defining period in American history.

About the Author

Robert Ballard was born in Wichita, Kansas, in 1942, and was educated at the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of Hawaii, the University of Southern California, and the University of Rhode Island, where he received his Ph.D. in 1974. Part explorer, part geologist, part oceanographer, and part marine engineer, Ballard has worked at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Falmouth, Massachusetts, since 1969. He is currently director of the Center for Marine Exploration there. Ballard is perhaps best known to the general public in connection to the luxury liner Titanic. Ballard organized and participated in the expedition that discovered the ship in 1985. More important, however, is his work in designing underwater survey vehicles and in participating in dives to explore the ocean floor. His work in marine design and engineering, in particular, has led to a dramatic increase in the scope of deep-sea exploration. In the 1960s, Ballard helped develop the Alvin, a deep-sea, three-man submersible equipped with a remote controlled mechanical arm for collecting specimens from the ocean floor. The device played an important role in mid-ocean studies, including exploration of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and dives to the Cayman Trough, a 24,000-foot-deep gash in the ocean floor south of Cuba. Ballard was part of the Galapagos Hydrothermal Expedition in 1977, which discovered and investigated deep-sea thermal vents spouting mineral-rich water from volcanic cracks in t
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