Into the Planet

Into the Planet

From one of the world’s most renowned cave divers, a firsthand account of exploring the earth’s final frontier: the hidden depths of our oceans and the sunken caves inside our planet

More people have died exploring underwater caves than climbing Mount Everest, and we know more about deep space than we do about the depths of our oceans. From one of the top cave divers working today—and one of the very few women in her field—Into the Planet blends science, adventure, and memoir to bring readers face-to-face with the terror and beauty of earth’s remaining unknowns and the extremes of human capability.

Jill Heinerth—the first person in history to dive deep into an Antarctic iceberg and leader of a team that discovered the ancient watery remains of Mayan civilizations—has descended farther into the inner depths of our planet than any other woman. She takes us into the harrowing split-second decisions that determine whether a diver makes it back to safety, the prejudices that prevent women from pursuing careers underwater, and her endeavor to recover a fallen friend’s body from the confines of a cave. But there’s beauty beyond the danger of diving, and while Heinerth swims beneath our feet in the lifeblood of our planet, she works with biologists discovering new species, physicists tracking climate change, and hydrogeologists examining our finite freshwater reserves.

 

Written with hair-raising intensity, Into the Planet is the first book to deliver an intimate account of cave diving, transporting readers deep into inner space, where fear must be reconciled and a mission’s success balances between knowing one’s limits and pushing the envelope of human endurance.

Title:Into the Planet
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062691545
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    Into the Planet Reviews

  • Sophie

    Heard a super interesting interview with her on NPR, now I'm curious to read this! ...

  • Krista

    When we transcend the fear of failure and terror of the unknown, we are all capable of great things, personally and as a society. We might not always know where the journey will lead us. We might fee...

  • Mary

    "I will take you on an uncomfortable rendezvous with fear. You will feel cold and claustrophobic when you read this book. But I challenge you to recognize the humanity in that sensation of terror you...

  • Katie - Girl About Library

    Thank you to the publisher and author for allowing me to read this book prior to publication in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars, rounding to 4 because GRs doesn’t believe in the power of ha...

  • Onceinabluemoon

    4.5 rounding up. This book was fascinating, but unsettling, I had a gambit of emotions. I found the author off putting, but her accomplishments astounding. Loved the photos, always entranced at others...

  • Lindsey

    I was so sad to finish this book, the author Jill Heinerth is some force of nature. I greatly enjoyed it.I am now on the hunt for more (female) adventure writers, and to take a scuba trip!...

  • Allison

    I expected this book to be interesting and informative. I was pleasantly surprised to discover it was fast moving with sections of humor. A very enjoyable read. ...

  • sbtbkb

    This was a great book. It's often hard to relate to "thrill seekers" but the author did a great job of explaining why she continues to pursue this passion. I never thought much about cave diving but t...

  • Chad Guarino

    Imagine a grueling, weeks long ship journey from New Zealand through the Roaring Forties, Furious Fifties, and Screaming Sixties, being tossed around like a cork in your bunk as the ship is buffeted b...

  • Ben

    I expected much more. This is mostly about Heinerth's experiences on other people's cave diving expeditions, especially Bill Stone's projects. Bill Stone has an excellent book himself, "Beyond the Dee...