On October 5, Bloomsbury Sigma will publish “Worlds in Shadow: Submerged Lands in Science, Memory and Myth” by Patrick Nunn, a U.K.-trained geologist and geographer. The first book to present the science of submergence in a popular format, “Worlds in Shadow” sifts facts from fiction to determine which submerged places may have existed versus those that only exist in myth.
The traces of much of human history—and what preceded it—lie beneath the ocean surface. For years, it has simply been fertile ground for speculation, but in recent decades, geologists and climatologists have increasingly focused on unraveling the mysteries within it. “Worlds in Shadow” brings to light new and exciting research, exploring the ancient civilizations that have disappeared and what the science of submergence adds to our knowledge of human history. In his engaging and accessible style, Nunn examines well-documented, recently drowned lands and ancient lands to understand the role they’ve played in human evolution and what it might mean for our future. Featuring research, examples and stories from around the world, this book brings an important, grounded contribution to the science of submergence.