Journey to the Sea of Cortez: Retracing the Steinbeck/Ricketts Expedition of 1940

Journey to the Sea of Cortez: Retracing the Steinbeck/Ricketts Expedition of 1940

In March 1940, the author John Steinbeck and his friend, marine biologist Ed Ricketts, sailed down the coast of California and Mexico to the Sea of Cortez. Their stated purpose was to document the creatures that inhabit shallow waters and tide pools on the margins of the Sea of Cortez. But it became much more. In these mysterious, phosphorescent waters, they sought an understanding of mankind’s relationship to the natural world, and a wellspring of hope for a world headed toward war. Can the story of their journey inspire new efforts to preserve the Sea of Cortez.

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Journey to the Sea of Cortez: Retracing the Steinbeck/Ricketts Expedition of 1940

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  • Journey to the Sea of Cortez

    In March 1940, the author John Steinbeck and his friend, marine biologist Ed Ricketts, sailed down the coast of California and Mexico to the Sea of Cortez. "The abundance of life here gives one an exuberance," they wrote, "a feeling of fullness and richness."

    Their stated purpose was to docume...