The book covers the geological past of the Black Sea, the physical-geographical and ecological characteristics, coastal wetlands of the northern Black Sea, its natural riches. Great attention is paid to the problems of ecology and protection of the Black Sea. Additional information is provided for tourists, recommendations for conducting independent monitoring of ecological status of the coastal zone of the Black Sea, for fishing aficionados - an annotated list of species of fish of the Ukrainian Black Sea coast. The publication is illustrated with original color photographs, drawings and schemes. The book is designed for a wide range of readers.