The Edge of the Sea

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The Edge of the Sea
First US edition
Author Rachel Carson
Illustrator Bob Hines
Country United States
Language English
Series Sea Trilogy
Subject Ocean and shore life
Genre Nature writing
Publisher OUP (UK) Houghton Mifflin (US)
Publication date
Media type Print
ISBN n/a
Preceded by The Sea Around Us

The Edge of the Sea is a book by the American conservationist Rachel Carson, first published by Houghton Mifflin in the U.S. in 1955. It is counted the third book of her so-called sea trilogy.

The Edge of the Sea was made commercially possible by the smash success of its predecessor The Sea Around Us in 1951 and 1952. Carson had become a full-time writer and this third book may be called her first as a conservationist rather than a marine biologist.


The edge of the sea is a strange and beautiful place. All through the long history of Earth it has been an area of unrest where waves have broken heavily against the land, where the tides have pressed forward over the continents, receded and then returned. For no two successive days is the shore line precisely the same. Not only do the tides advance and retreat in their eternal rhythms, but the level of the sea itself is never at rest. It rises or falls as the glaciers melt or grow, as the floor of the deep ocean basins shifts under its increasing load of sediments, or as the earth's crust along the continental margins warps up or down in adjustment to strain and tension. Today a little more land may belong to the sea, tomorrow a little less. Always the edge of the sea remains an elusive and indefinable boundary.

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