Marine Biology: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | August 28, 2013

byPhilip V. Mladenov

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The marine environment is the largest, most important, and yet most mysterious habitat on our planet. It contains more than 99% of the world's living space; produces half of its oxygen; plays a critical role in regulating its climate; and supports a remarkably diverse and exquisitely adaptedarray of life forms, from microscopic viruses, bacteria, and plankton to the largest existing animals. As the 21st century progresses human activities, such as overfishing, coastal development, plastic pollution, oil spills, nutrient pollution, the spread of exotic species, and the emission of climate changing greenhouse gases are posing a significant threat to the marine environment and to many ofits life forms. In this unique Very Short Introduction, Philip Mladenov provides a comprehensive overview of marine biology, providing a tour of marine life and marine processes that ranges from the polar oceans to tropical coral reefs; and from the intertidal to the hydrothermal vents of the deepsea.

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The marine environment is the largest, most important, and yet most mysterious habitat on our planet. It contains more than 99% of the world's living space; produces half of its oxygen; plays a critical role in regulating its climate; and supports a remarkably diverse and exquisitely adaptedarray of life forms, from microscopic viruses...

Philip Mladenov has more than 35 years of professional experience in marine biological research, teaching, and exploration. He is the author of some 80 scientific papers and a broad range of popular articles, consulting reports, and government reviews.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pagesPublished:August 28, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199695059

ISBN - 13:9780199695058

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! This was a great book and I learned a lot about the oceans from it. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in marine biology, or marine conservation.
Date published: 2014-08-29

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The marine environment2. Marine biological processes3. Life in the costal ocean4. Polar marine biology5. Marine life in the tropics6. Deep ocean biology7. Intertidal life8. Food from the oceansReferencesFurther reading