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Science  07 Nov 2003:
Vol. 302, Issue 5647, pp. 989-990
DOI: 10.1126/science.1091920

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The Silent Landscape The Scientific Voyage of HMS Challenger. By Richard Corfield. Joseph Henry Press (National Academies Press), Washington, DC, 2003. 299 pp. $24.95, C$34.95. ISBN 0-309-08904-2.

Drawing on the official records and the journals of the ship's scientists, officers, and crew, Corfield recounts the story of the Challenger's three-and-a-half-year, 69,000-nautical mile journey. He also discusses the expedition's scientific findings in the context of subsequent research in oceanography, marine geology, and ecology.