Throughout history, seas were one of the most important sources of food and commerce for civilisations. They played a key role in accelerating the development of certain communities and proximity to water has always been a sign of abundance. However, most of the literature out there has always focused on routes, ships architecture, or maritime wars.
Professor David Abulafia's research is more interested in understanding what kind of goods people were transporting on their ships and what they were used for. In this intriguing talk, we will get on a journey in the Mediterranean as well as South East Asia to discover how the oceans shaped our history.Read more
Covering almost three-quarters of the Earth, our amazing oceans are vast, beautiful, scary and relatively unexplored. This collection brings to the surface fascinating insights and stories across ocean science, conservation and culture.
1 How did oceans shape human history?
2 Where does the oxygen we breathe come from?
3 What alien habitats exist on the bottom of the ocean?
4 How does the ocean contribute to new drug development?
5 What is life like beneath the polar ice?
6 What does bioluminescence tell us about life in the ocean?
7 Why does the world need sharks?
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