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Book Review: An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed

Vibrant portraits reveal the beautiful, diverse world of marine flora.
Type: Magazine_article | From: Audubon Magazine
© 2014 Josie Iselin

An Ocean Garden 

Josie Iselin explores the secret life of seaweed in her new book.

 

The branches of these sea grapes contain a colorless and acidic polysaccharide and protein mucilage which makes them buoyant and better equipped to compete for light.

© 2014 Josie Iselin

An Ocean Garden

Josie Iselin explores the secret life of seaweed in her new book.

 

Fu nori is a food source in Asia and is also used as a sizing material in silk and textiles.

© 2014 Josie Iselin

An Ocean Garden

Josie Iselin explores the secret life of seaweed in her new book.

 

The feather boa kelp is used to make the alginic acid found in textile printing, detergent industries, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food and ice cream, denture moldings, and more.

© 2014 Josie Iselin

An Ocean Garden

Josie Iselin explores the secret life of seaweed in her new book.

 

Gloiosiphonia verticillaris.

© 2014 Josie Iselin

An Ocean Garden

Josie Iselin explores the secret life of seaweed in her new book.

 

The acid kelp is commonly found in polar and warm temperature seas. 

© 2014 Josie Iselin

An Ocean Garden

Josie Iselin explores the secret life of seaweed in her new book.

 

Sea lettuce species can be eaten in both soups and salads, and are sometimes used as a substitute for Nori, the popular form of seaweed found in sushi.

© 2014 Josie Iselin

An Ocean Garden

Josie Iselin explores the secret life of seaweed in her new book.


Bull kelp offer shelter for a variety of organisms, including young fish, invertebrates such as sea urchins, sea stars, snails, and crabs, as well as Sea otters.

An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed by Josie Iselin. Published by Abrams

The cover of Josie Iselin’s latest book, An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed.

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Author Josie Iselin

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Christmas Fern

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Combleaf Mermaid Weed

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Combleaf Mermaid Weed

Birds Help Protect Costa Rica

Type: Magazine_article | From: Audubon Magazine
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In bloom

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In bloom

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In bloom

Photograph by Dwayne Taylor/National Geographic

A black swallowtail butterfly shares a purple coneflower with a bee.