How the Ocean Works: An Introduction to Oceanography

How the Ocean Works: An Introduction to Oceanography

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by Mark Denny
     
 

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ISBN-10: 069112647X

ISBN-13: 9780691126470

Pub. Date: 04/01/2008

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The world's oceans account for roughly 71 percent of the planet's surface and 99 percent of its livable volume. Any study of this huge habitat requires a solid foundation in the principles that underlie marine biology and physical and chemical oceanography, yet until now undergraduate textbooks have largely presented compilations of facts rather than explanations

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The world's oceans account for roughly 71 percent of the planet's surface and 99 percent of its livable volume. Any study of this huge habitat requires a solid foundation in the principles that underlie marine biology and physical and chemical oceanography, yet until now undergraduate textbooks have largely presented compilations of facts rather than explanations of principles. How the Ocean Works fills this gap, providing a concise and accessible college-level introduction to marine science that is also ideal for general readers.

How are winds and currents driven? What is the dilemma of the two-layered ocean? Mark Denny explains key concepts like these in rich and fascinating detail. He explores early scientific knowledge of oceans, photosynthesis, trophic interactions and energy flow, and the impacts of human activities on marine and atmospheric systems. Focusing each chapter on a major topic and carefully explaining the principles and theory involved, Denny gives readers the conceptual building blocks needed to develop a coherent picture of the living ocean. How the Ocean Works is an indispensable resource that teaches readers how to think about the ocean—its biology, mechanics, and conservation.

  • Provides a concise, up-to-date introduction to marine science
  • Develops the conceptual basis needed to understand how the ocean works
  • Explains fundamental principles and theory
  • Includes color illustrations and informative diagrams
  • Serves as a college textbook and a reference for general readers

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691126470
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
923,430
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
List of Tables xiii
Preface xv
Chapter 1: Discovering the Oceans 1
Chapter 2: Ocean Basins 33
Chapter 3: Seawater 54
Chapter 4: Photosynthesis and Primary Production 68
Chapter 5: The Flow of Energy, Carbon, and Nutrients 106
Chapter 6: The Dilemma of the Two-Layered Ocean 145
Chapter 7: The Coriolis Effect and Its Consequences 173
Chapter 8: Winds and Currents 204
Chapter 9: Solutions to the Dilemma 233
Chapter 10: Complexity: Carbon, Iron, and the Atmosphere 251
Chapter 11: Fisheries 276
Chapter 12: An Invitation 299
Index 305

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How the Ocean Works: An Introduction to Oceanography 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my son who is 11, but reads at a University level. We were traveling to Hawaii and I wanted a unit study for homeschool. This is a very difficult book, a college-level read, BUT it is very interesting, relevant and useful for general interest in the ocean, and/or study. It does not read like a dry textbook, but more like a magazine article. A really long magazine article! I highly recommend it to anyone who reads and understands books at a university level, loves the ocean, wants to learn to protect and preserve it, or for Oceanography study. This book combines science, history, math, and logic all in one volume, as related to the study of the ocean. It would be great to have a companion volume of quizzes to go along with it, as I'll be hard-put to keep up with my son in reading this, but it's great!