Introduction to the Worlds Oceans

Hardcover | November 3, 2008

byKeith Sverdrup, Virginia Armbrust

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An Introduction to the World's Oceans, Tenth Edition, is an introductory oceanography text intended for students without a background in mathematics, chemistry, physics, geology, or biology. It emphasizes the role of basic scientific principles in helping understand the processes that govern the ocean and the earth. To keep the text as current as possible, the authors conduct their own research and examine other findings such as analyzing satellite data and large-scale oceanographic programs. From this vast amount of data, they select interesting, relevant, and understandable examples that illustrate contemporary principles of oceanography.

An Introduction to the World's Oceans places greater emphasis on the physical and geological aspects of the oceans than on the chemical and geochemical properties, because the latter disciplines require more specific background knowledge. An ecological approach helps integrate the biological chapters with other subjects. Students are encouraged to look at oceanography as a cohesive and united discipline rather than a collection of subjects gathered under a marine umbrella. As with all previous editions, the authors continue to make each chapter stand as independently as possible, so that professors can assign chapters in the order that best suits their classrooms.

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An Introduction to the World's Oceans, Tenth Edition, is an introductory oceanography text intended for students without a background in mathematics, chemistry, physics, geology, or biology. It emphasizes the role of basic scientific principles in helping understand the processes that govern the ocean and the earth. To keep the text a...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 11.1 × 9.2 × 1 inPublished:November 3, 2008Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0073376701

ISBN - 13:9780073376707

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Table of Contents

1The History of Oceanography

2The Water Planet

3Plate Tectonics

4The Sea Floor and Its Sediments

5The Physical Properties of Water

6The Chemistry of Seawater

7The Structure and Motion of the Atmosphere

8Circulation and Ocean Structure

9The Surface Currents

10The Waves

11The Tides

12Coasts, Beaches, and Estuaries

13Environmental Issues and Concerns

14The Living Ocean

15Production and Life

16The Plankton: Drifters of the Open Ocean

17The Nekton: Free Swimmers of the Sea

18The Benthos: Dwellers of the Sea Floor

Appendixes

Glossary

Credits

Index