Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 30 Issue 02

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Volume 30, No. 2
Pages 228 - 229


A Sea of Glass: Searching for the Blaschkas’ Fragile Legacy in an Ocean at Risk

Bruce H. Robison
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Drew Harvell’s A Sea of Glass is at once a history, a memoir, and a status report on climate change—three interwoven narrative themes that tell the story of a quest. The inspiration for this adventure is a collection of exquisite glass sculptures of marine invertebrates, fashioned by father and son artisans Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka late in the nineteenth century. As curator of the collection, Harvell’s mission in this book is to seek out living representatives of the species in her crystal menagerie to see how they are faring in today’s changing ocean.


Robison, B.H. 2017. Review of A Sea of Glass: Searching for the Blaschkas’ Fragile Legacy in an Ocean at Risk, by D. Harvell. Oceanography 30(2):228–229, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2017.212.

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