The Marginal World

Readings from Rachel Carson’s “The Edge of the Sea”

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The edge of the sea remains an elusive and indefinable boundary…

It is summer in the United States. Here along coastal Maine we have long summer days and cool evenings. We are inundated by visitors — so many others who come to share with those of us who live here year-round: the coastal marsh, the granite shore, the relentless ocean. We must be grateful for this place, and all such ocean places worldwide, and we should dedicate ourselves to their certainty in a time off uncertainty, to their beauty when ugliness intrudes, to their continuing conservation and access when some would take or destroy.

As an advocate for the ocean, it is always important for me to put such work in context, to address the reasons why. If summer gives us a moment for reflection, for affirmation, for re-commitment, then one can do no better than to turn for insight to the great American naturalist and author, Rachael Carson, to these selected excerpts quoted from her The Edge of the Sea, first published in 1956.

She writes:

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Carson continues:

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And finally:

Learn more about the writings of Rachel Carson by visiting rachelcarson.org.

The Marginal World first appeared as a 5-minute audio episode on World Ocean Radio. Host Peter Neill is founder and director of the World Ocean Observatory, a web-based place of exchange for information and educational services about the health of the world ocean.

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