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An Illustrated Guide, 1st Edition

By S. A. Thorpe

CRC Press

352 pages | 513 Color Illus.

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Oceans cover over 70% 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.


…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

Table of Contents




The Global Oceans

The Geological Time Scale

Standard International (SI) Units

Commonly Uses SI Units

How the Science of Oceanography Developed

The Atmosphere and the Ocean

The Role of Ocean Circulation in the Changing Climate

Ocean Weather - Eddies in the Sea

Observing Oceans from Space

Marine Phytoplankton Blooms

Snow Falls in the Open Ocean

The Evolution and Structure of Ocean Basins

Slides, Debris Flows, and Turbidity Currents

Mid-Ocean Ridges and Hydrothermal Activity

The Ocean: A Global Chemical System

The Marine Carbonate System

A Walk on the Deep Side: Animals in the Deep Sea

Light, Colour and Vision in the Ocean

Ocean Diversity

Life in Estuaries, Salt Marshes, Lagoons, and Coastal Waters

Artificial Reefs

Scientific Diving

Marine Instrumentation

The Sea Floor - Exploring a Hidden World

Ocean Resources

Waste Disposal in the Deep Ocean

Some Commonly Used Words and Terms



Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Marine Biology