Books: Sea Changes

THE THIN EDGE by Anne W. Simon

Harper & Row; 180 pages; $10

This spring, oil hunters will begin probing the Baltimore Canyon, an ocean-floor site off Atlantic City, N.J. They hope to find 1.4 billion bbl. of oil and nearly 10 trillion cu. ft. of natural gas that may lie beneath the continental shelf. Most energy-hungry Americans hope the oilmen find what they are looking for. Anne Simon will be satisfied if they do not make what she considers a bad situation even worse. A veteran coast watcher, Simon has already written an impassioned plea for the preservation of Martha's Vineyard....

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