The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Oceans [NOOK Book]


Although our oceans are some of the most beautiful and diverse environments in the world, most people know very little about the ocean's ecology or just how much humans depend on the oceans for survival.

The Complete Idiot's Guide' to the Oceans will be a marine-lover's reference for mapping the world's oceans and their exploration.

Authors will provide key illustrations to help readers understand important concepts along the way with a ...

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Oceans

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Although our oceans are some of the most beautiful and diverse environments in the world, most people know very little about the ocean's ecology or just how much humans depend on the oceans for survival.

The Complete Idiot's Guide' to the Oceans will be a marine-lover's reference for mapping the world's oceans and their exploration.

Authors will provide key illustrations to help readers understand important concepts along the way with a color photo insert presenting a wide array of marine creatures and habitats.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440695858
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/3/2003
  • Sold by: DK
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,309,304
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Kim Tetrault is Director of the Special Programs in Aquaculture Training (SPAT) initiative and community shellfish hatchery manager for the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, NY Marine Program. He has a Master's in Fisheries, Animal, and Veterinary Sciences from the University of Rhode Island.

Joe Kraynak holds a Master's in English Literature from Purdue and has written many books including The Complete Idiot's Guide to PCs.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Cruising Through Vast Ocean Environments 1
1 Earth: The Ocean Planet Revisited 3
Welcome to Oceanus 4
Wherefore Art Thou, Oceans? 4
Don't Forget the Gulfs, Bays, and Seas 6
The Water Cycle of Life 7
Going with the Flow: Tides, Waves, and Currents 10
Following the Contours of the Ocean Floor 16
The Ocean as a Weather Machine 17
Ocean Ecology 101 19
Zoning In on Marine Systems 20
2 The Most from Coast to Coast 25
Estuaries: Where Freshwater and Saltwater Mix 25
Welcome to the Wetlands! 29
Bay Watching 31
A Day at the Beach 32
The Rocky and Barnacle Show 34
Wading in the Tide Pools 37
Man Comes Calling as Usual 38
3 An Overwhelming Garden Paradise 41
Welcome to the Coral Reef 42
Living Together on the Reef 46
Zooxanthellae: An Enlightening Little Creature 48
Great Visibility, Great Cinematography 49
Many Reefs from Which to Choose 49
Some Really Cool Reef Representatives 53
Spotlight on Reef Sharks 54
Protecting and Preserving National Treasures 56
4 Living on the Frontier 59
Call of the Open Ocean 60
Spinning 'Round in the Sargasso Sea 64
Where the Big Boys Meet 67
Room to Roam 69
Riding the Gulf Stream 70
5 Adjusting to Extreme Conditions 73
Arctic Inhabitants 74
A Newly Discovered Oasis 75
Who Turned Out the Lights? 78
Going the Distance 80
Part 2 A Garden of Marine Plants 83
6 Let's Talk Really Small Plants 85
Exploring the Base of the Food Pyramid 86
Feeding the Oceans with Phytoplankton 87
What Are You, a "Planimal"? 89
A Diatom a Dozen 89
On the Move with Dinoflagellates 91
Harmful Algae Blooms 91
Aquaculture and Algae Culture 94
I'll Have the Phytoplankton, Please! 96
7 Seaweed and Seagrass Unite 97
Introducing the Macroalgae (Seaweedus Biggus) 98
I'll Take the Brown One 99
That's Some Salty Tasting Lettuce 101
Red Algae: Friend of Coral and Abalone 102
Does the Grass Need Trimming? 102
8 Who's Eating What Seaweed Today? 105
The Small Eating the Smallest 106
Nature's Best Vacuum Cleaners 110
Colossal Marine Herbivores 111
People Eat Here, Too 112
9 Plants as Habitats 115
Wetland Subdivisions 115
Grazing in the Grass 120
The Kelp Canopy 121
Coralline Algae--Masonry to Die For 122
Blending in with the Scenery 123
Part 3 The Marine Invertebrate Collection 125
10 Simply Invertebrates 127
Climbing the Underwater Phylogenetic Tree 128
Holiest Creatures in the Sea 129
Cnidarians One and All 132
The Ever Modest Bryozoans 135
Radials All Around 135
Seriously Squirming Segments 138
11 A Most Diverse Phylum: Mollusca 141
Meet Father Mollusc: The Ancestral Template 142
Soft in the Middle 143
Two Valves Are Better Than One 145
High-Tech Cephalo: Action Shellfish 148
A Gallery of Giants 151
12 A Multitude of Jointed Variations 153
Characteristically Crustacean 154
A Most Abundant Life Form 155
Combing for Krill with Blue Whales 155
Eat or Be Eaten 156
Too Many Crustaceans to Cover 160
A Living Marine Fossil 162
Slim Pickin's for Pycnogonids 163
Part 4 The Marine Vertebrates: Backbones to Prove It! 165
13 Celebrating Fish Evolution and Diversity 167
Chordates and Vertebrates 168
Look Ma, No Jaws 168
The Original Jaws 171
Fish Out of Water 173
Rubber-Boned Chondrichthyes 174
Winging It with the Rays 179
14 Boning Up on the Bony Fish 183
Bony Fish Taxonomy 184
Not Just Skin and Bones 184
Assorted Shapes and Sizes 187
The Amazing Technicolor Reef Fish 190
Aquarium Checklist: Fish to Know 194
15 Marine Reptiles-the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 195
The Ancient Age of Marine Reptiles 196
Old Timers in Armored Tanks 197
The Real Sea Serpents 202
Sea's One and Only Lizard 203
Do Alligators and Crocodiles Count? 206
16 Marine Mammals 209
Cetacean Evolution: The Dolphins and Whales Arrive 210
Are You a Whale, a Dolphin, or a Porpoise? 214
Dolphins: The Brainy Cetaceans 215
Whopper Whales 218
Marine Mermaids--Manatee, Dugong, and Sea Cows 221
Seals, Walruses, and Other Pinnipeds 223
17 Waterfowl Wonders 227
What Makes a Seabird a Seabird? 228
Skating and Diving with Penguins 229
Going Down Under with Loons 230
Grebes 232
Is That an Albatross Around Your Neck? 232
Pelicans and Other Pouched Pelecaniformes 234
Sea Ducks and Geese 238
Gulls and Their Close Cousins 238
Ospreys, Herons, Flamingos, and Other Seaside Attractions 242
Part 5 Man, Woman, Child, and the Sea 245
18 Exploring and Exploiting the Ocean Depths 247
The Early Days 248
Sailing the Seas with Some Famous Explorers 249
Going High-Tech with Modern Oceanography 253
Diving for Dollars--Sunken Treasures 258
The Ocean's Mineral Treasures 261
19 Maritime Laws and the Villains Who Break Them 263
The Major Players: Maritime Powers 264
A Brief History of Maritime Law 266
Pirates, Privateers, and Other Opportunistic Villains 269
Environmental Pirates 272
20 Fishing and Restocking the World's Oceans 275
The Not-So-Bottomless Oceans 276
Commercial Fishing Techniques and Technologies 278
Fisheries Management and Conservation 282
21 Protecting Our Marine Ecosystems 287
The Need for a Holistic View 288
Identifying the Most Serious Problems 289
The Role of Governments and Other Groups 290
Addressing the Issues with Legislation 293
Global Problems, Local Solutions 296
Attacking Pollution on Two Fronts 296
Establishing Marine Protected Areas 298
Ocean Restoration: Work in Progress 298
Encouraging Voluntary Conservation 299
Educating the People 300
A Stewardship Programs 301
B The Most Popular Ocean Websites 303
C Glossary 307
Index 331
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