For something so ubiquitous, seaweed remains a mystery to most westerners — something that limns the high tide line on a beach or wraps your sushi roll, but not much more. Yet these ancient aquatic plants, some of which haven’t changed much in well over a billion years, offer astonishing nutritional and ecological benefits. Seaweed: An Enchanting Miscellany dives into the botany, history, and myriad uses of many types of seaweed. Zwamborn casts a wide net; with illustrations taken from diverse historical sources, including fine art and even dance, and copious quotes from poems, he shows how important seaweed has been throughout human history. Best of all, he shows how much more important it may become, including revolutionary new forms of aquaculture with incredible carbon-capturing potential.
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