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Author: Mark Niemeyer

ISBN: 9781844837441
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 22 September 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 30.0 x 23.4 x 2.4
Water is the illustrated story of the most extraordinary molecule known to humankind - one that has determined our beginnings, sustains our present and holds the key to our future.

This miraculous substance covers more than 70 per cent of planet Earth and constitutes about 70 per cent of our bodies - yet if all the Earth's fresh water were decanted into a gallon jug, less than a tablespoon would be drinkable. All known forms of life depend on water to survive - yet in many places this has been taken for granted until recently.

As Benjamin Franklin remarked, "When the wells' dry, we know the worth of water."

About the Author

Mark Niemeyer is Associate Professor of American literature and American history at the University of Paris (Sorbonne). He has published articles on the sea novels of Herman Melville and is coeditor of the Norton Critical Edition of Melville's The Confidence-Man and of the French Pleiade edition of the works of Melville.

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