Moby Dick Chapter 14 Nantucket
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Living on a rough island where the sea intrudes into the house, with clams growing on tables, we get this stormy image of Nantucket as belted about by the ocean.
This vivid poetic image of the whale as a Himalayan ocean elephant, overrun by human ants. Hard to imagine Noah taking two of each species of whale on his ark, especially since they could swim...
actually 71%, never seen the word terraqueous before. Carl Sagan uses it in the introduction to Pale Blue Dot
We were hunters and foragers.
The frontier was everywhere.
We were bounded only by the Earth, and the ocean, and the sky. The open road still softly calls.
Our little terraqueous globe as the madhouse of those hundred thousand millions of worlds.http://theastronomist.fieldofscience.co ... globe.html
What I don't get about Sagan's use of Melville's line here is that Melville sees the sea as a frontier, and somehow Sagan wants to skip the sea as the next frontier and go to outer space, almost like in a beam me up rapture. My view is that we have barely scratched the surface of human engagement with the ocean, which is the necessary next frontier for us to stabilise the global climate.