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2017 Calibre Essay Prize (winner): 'Salt Blood'

Journal Article


Abstract


  • It is quiet and cool and dark blue. At this depth the pressure on my body is double what it is at the surface: my heartbeat has slowed, blood has started to withdraw from my extremities and move into the space my compressed lungs have created. I am ten metres underwater on a breath-hold dive, suspended at the point of neutral buoyancy where the weight of the water above cancels my body’s natural flotation. I turn head down, straighten my body, kick gently, and begin to fall with the unimpeded gravitational pull to the heart of the Earth.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Published In


  • ABR  Journal

Citation


  • Adams, M. (2017). 2017 Calibre Essay Prize (winner): 'Salt Blood'. ABR, 392 1-18.

Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 18

Volume


  • 392

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • It is quiet and cool and dark blue. At this depth the pressure on my body is double what it is at the surface: my heartbeat has slowed, blood has started to withdraw from my extremities and move into the space my compressed lungs have created. I am ten metres underwater on a breath-hold dive, suspended at the point of neutral buoyancy where the weight of the water above cancels my body’s natural flotation. I turn head down, straighten my body, kick gently, and begin to fall with the unimpeded gravitational pull to the heart of the Earth.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Published In


  • ABR  Journal

Citation


  • Adams, M. (2017). 2017 Calibre Essay Prize (winner): 'Salt Blood'. ABR, 392 1-18.

Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 18

Volume


  • 392

Place Of Publication


  • Australia