Between Pacific Tides

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Between Pacific Tides
Between Pacific Tides (book) cover.jpg
Jacket Cover for the third edition of 1952
AuthorEdward F. Ricketts, Jack Calvin
Original titleBetween Pacific Tides: An Account of the Habits and Habitats of Some Five Hundred of the Common, Conspicuous Seashore Invertebrates of the Pacific Coast Between Sitka, Alaska, and Northern Mexico
IllustratorRitchie Lovejoy
Cover artistRitchie Lovejoy
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SubjectNatural History of Marine Animals
GenreNon-fiction
PublisherStanford University Press
Publication date
1939
Media typePrint

Between Pacific Tides is a 1939 book by Edward F. Ricketts and Jack Calvin that describes the intertidal ecology of the Pacific coast of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The book was originally titled "Between Pacific Tides: An Account of the Habits and Habitats of Some Five Hundred of the Common, Conspicuous Seashore Invertebrates of the Pacific Coast Between Sitka, Alaska, and Northern Mexico".

Prior to Ricketts' work, the standard descriptive text of intertidal species of the Pacific was Seashore Animals of the Pacific Coast jointly coauthored by Myrtle E. Johnson and Harry James Snook, published in 1927 (reprinted 1935, 1952, 1967, 1980).

Between Pacific Tides was out of print from 1942 to 1948,[1] but it has since been revised and updated to keep it current, and is now in its fifth edition with the size increasing around twenty percent from the original. Updated and expanded sections have been added since the original edition was published, including: John Steinbeck's Foreword to the 1948 edition; a new chapter regarding the influence on the distribution of shore organisms; an updated Annotated Systematic Index and General Bibliography comprising 2,300 entries; and the addition of 200 photographs and drawings.[2]

By 2004, the book had sold around 100,000 copies, making it one of the best-selling books published by Stanford University Press.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ward, Ritchie R. (1974). Into the Ocean World: The Biology of the Sea. Knopf. p. 202. ISBN 1-56858-298-6.
  2. ^ "Between Pacific Tides: Fifth edition - Edward F. Ricketts and Jack Calvin". Stanford University Press. Retrieved 2007-08-05.
  3. ^ Tamm, Eric Enno (2004). Beyond the Outer Shores. Thunder's Mouth Press. p. 33. ISBN 1-56858-298-6.