Earth's rich and fascinating oceans have long rewarded both explorers and treasure-seekers. The compelling benefits of actually living beneath the sea have been recognized only relatively recently, spurring ingenious attempts to construct human habitats for seafloor living. You can trace the progress of these attempts in "Living and Working in the Sea". This definitive source illuminates the challenges and excitement as well as the perils and frustrations of undersea living. It shows how the development of saturation diving and seafloor technology led to the use of over 65 undersea habitats during the past three decades. Over 170 photographs - most of them shown here for the first time - illustrate the technical details and scientific capabilities of seafloor habitation. You will find out how a wide variety of habitats were designed and constructed, what materials were used and how habitats are operated and maintained. The development of special saturation diving procedures is also traced. In addition, revealing personal accounts from hundreds of aquanauts give you a vivid sense of life beneath the waves. The authors fully document the operation of working habitats such as Sealab-II, Hydrolab, Conshelf-III, La Chalupa, and Helgoland. You gain practical information on - * Food and water management * Carbon dioxide and odor removal * Communication, cooking, and lighting * Emergency facilities and procedures * Medical and psychological issues * Open-sea operations A brief history of diving recounts the earliest efforts to extend submergence time beyond normal human limits. You also get a look into the future of undersea habitation - a future with underwater hotels, classrooms, and even water-breathing aquanauts. "Living and Working in the Sea" covers every facet of the challenge of living beneath the seas. No other single source on the subject is as comprehensive or detailed. Oceanographic engineers, technologists, researchers, and explorers, as well as scientific and sport divers will refer to this undersea "bible" again and again.