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|Format:||Electronic Book Text, 352 pages|
|Other Information: ||513|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 01 April 1996|
Oceans cover over 70 per cent of the planet's surface and are essential to life on earth, yet their deepest mysteries remained unexplored until very recently when 20th century technological advances allowed the vast expansion of our frontiers of knowledge, and worldwide interest in oceanography grew rapidly. Combining the skills of 40 contributors from world-renowned teaching and research establishments, this richly illustrated introduction to oceanography is suitable for coursework and appeals to a wide readership without compromising standards of scientific rigour. With coverage ranging from history and instrumentation to the physical geography, meteorology, biology and chemistry of the sea and its ecosystems, "Oceanography" provides the reader with an authoritative, comprehensive guide while promoting awareness of current ecological concerns governing man's relationship with the oceans.
Table of Contents
Contents Foreword Prologue Preface The Global Oceans The Geological Time Scale Standard International (SI) Units Commonly Uses SI Units 1 How the Science of Oceanography Developed 2 The Atmosphere and the Ocean 3 The Role of Ocean Circulation in the Changing Climate 4 Ocean Weather - Eddies in the Sea 5 Observing Oceans from Space 6 Marine Phytoplankton Blooms 7 Snow Falls in the Open Ocean 8 The Evolution and Structure of Ocean Basins 9 Slides, Debris Flows, and Turbidity Currents 10 Mid-Ocean Ridges and Hydrothermal Activity 11 The Ocean: A Global Chemical System 12 The Marine Carbonate System 13 A Walk on the Deep Side: Animals in the Deep Sea 14 Light, Colour and Vision in the Ocean 15 Ocean Diversity 16 Life in Estuaries, Salt Marshes, Lagoons, and Coastal Waters 17 Artificial Reefs 18 Scientific Diving 19 Marine Instrumentation 20 The Sea Floor - Exploring a Hidden World 21 Ocean Resources 22 Waste Disposal in the Deep Ocean Some Commonly Used Words and Terms Acronyms Index
...coverage, presentation and price ensure this book a place on every serious student's shelf...once begun, it's hard to put down. New Scientist
|Publisher: ||Manson Publishing Ltd|