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Geography, politics, and other factors have allowed Cuba to preserve the region's most pristine coast and offshore marine environment. Deep Cuba recounts Bill Belleville's month-long journey around the island in the company of American and Cuban marine biologists and a Discovery Channel film crew. It was the first, and so far only, United States submersible research expedition in Cuban waters. From coral reefs to mangrove swamps to a submerged volcanic mountain, the voyagers encountered sublimely wild places unseen before by anyone from the United States—or even by many Cubans.

Belleville conveys the tempo of the scientists' workday, during which the routine gathering of data and specimens could be punctuated by trips in a state-of-the-art submersible, the discovery of new species, or a tropical storm. Throughout the trip, as well, all on board had to work through differences that arose from the expedition's contrary goals: to produce a commercially viable seagoing adventure film and to conduct controlled, methodical scientific investigations.

Belleville paces his coverage of the expedition with absorbing stories about the history and culture of the island's peoples, from the indigenous Taino to its current inhabitants of African and European heritage. Deep Cuba even includes a candid portrait of Castro himself. An avid diver, sport fisherman, and naturalist, El Comandante paid a visit aboard the research vessel.

Deep Cuba is an engaging mix of nature and travel writing, along with scientific reportage that is keenly attuned to current crises in research funding. Revealed here is a magnificent marine world with crucial ecological links to the Caribbean Basin and the southeastern United States.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quotations
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 1. Fort Pierce, Florida
  2. pp. 13-30
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  1. 2. The Windward Passage and Santiago de Cuba
  2. pp. 31-46
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  1. 3. Bahía de Baitiquirí and El Uvero
  2. pp. 47-64
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  1. 4. Chivirico and Cabo Cruz
  2. pp. 65-82
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  1. 5. Laberinto de las Doce Leguas and Tortuga Hotel
  2. pp. 83-99
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  1. 6. Cayos de las Doce Leguas and Banco Jagua
  2. pp. 100-121
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  1. 7. Archipiélago de los Canarreos
  2. pp. 122-146
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  1. 8. Cayos Aguardientes and Sambo Head
  2. pp. 147-169
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  1. 9. Isla de la Juventud, Ensenada de la Siguanea, and Punta Francés
  2. pp. 170-193
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  1. 10. Cabo Francés and María la Gorda
  2. pp. 194-213
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  1. 11. La Habana and Anticipation
  2. pp. 214-231
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  1. 12. Fidel, Retrospective, and Back across the Florida Straits
  2. pp. 232-247
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 248-252
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 253-262
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 263-273
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780820327129
Print ISBN
9780820326207
MARC Record
OCLC
1017610781
Pages
296
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-03
Language
English
Open Access
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