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From coral reefs to atom bombs: The history and power of the Pacific Ocean




"Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers" by Simon Winchester.

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When looking out at the Pacific Ocean, it’s difficult to comprehend its power.

It's the world's oldest and most vast body of water, and creates much of earth's weather systems.

Beyond the Pacific's natural wonders it has also been a site of military battle, political tension and the separating factor between East and West.

Ecologically, the ocean is threatened by climate change, struggling wildlife and dying coral reefs.

Simon Winchester's book, "Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers," explores the ocean's global primacy. Winchester speaks with Larry Mantle today and the possibilities for the Pacific and how our actions could determine its effect on the future.

Simon Winchester will be at the Mark Taper Auditorium at the Central Library in Downtown tonight at 7:15p to talk about his book. Click here for more information.

Guest:

Simon Winchester, journalist and author of many books. His latest is “Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers” (Harper, 2015)