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Life in Hot Water | Science Book for Kids | Kids Nonfiction Book - Alder & Alouette

Life in Hot Water: Wildlife at the Bottom of the Ocean | Science Books for Kids

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Life in Hot Water

A dramatic overview of the deep-sea extremophiles that thrive in scalding water and permanent darkness at the bottom of the ocean

The scalding-hot water gushing from vents at the bottom of the ocean is one of the most extreme environments on Earth. Yet over millions of years, many organisms--from chemical-eating bacteria to eyeless crabs and iron-shelled snails--have evolved in amazing ways that enable them to thrive in this unlikely habitat. Scientists are hard at work to learn more about the complex ecosystems of the ocean depths.

Award-winning science writer Mary Batten and NYT best-selling illustrator Thomas Gonzalez, the masterful duo that created Life in a Frozen World, team up again in this impressive overview of hydrothermal ocean vents. Her clear, informative text coupled with his unique and eerily realistic paintings of sights never seen on land--gushing black smokers, ghostly blind shrimp, red-plumed tube worms--will entice readers to learn more about this once-hidden world at the bottom of the sea.



  • Life in Hot Water
  • Written by Mary Batten and illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez.
  • Published by Peachtree Publishers, June 21, 2022.
  • Ages 6 to 9 years.
  • Hardcover
  • Nonfiction, Science Book for Kids