Introduction to Ocean Sciences / Edition 2

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Introduction to Ocean Sciences uses students’ natural enthusiasm for the wonders of the ocean as a foundation for teaching core principles in this interdisciplinary field.
Developing scientific literacy by emphasizing the real-world process of science, this text provides an accessible introduction to the interrelated physical, chemical, biological, and geological processes of the oceans, atmosphere, and coasts.
The Second Edition has been fully revised and updated and offers improved pedagogy, an expanded art program featuring beautiful underwater photography by the author, and new multimedia resources for students and instructors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393926293
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 632
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas A. Segar (Ph.D. University of Liverpool, England) has performed research on diverse aspects of marine sciences, natural resource management, and environmental pollution, spending many months at sea on ocean research vessels of all sizes. He has taught ocean sciences at universities in Florida, California, and Alaska, including the Peralta Community College District and the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and has directed several marine and environmental academic research centers. He has also worked in both private industry and government, including as a scientist with the U.S. Congress, where he investigated issues related to marine pollution, ocean dumping, fisheries conservation, habitat protection, marine mammal management, and endangered species, and acted as a representative in the negotiation of several international marine conservation treaties.

Elaine Stamman Segar has a Master’s degree in marine biology from Texas A&M University and is currently the Director for Laboratory Programmatic Assessment and Oversight with the office of the President of the University of California system.

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Table of Contents

1. History and Importance of Ocean Studies 2. Studying the Oceans 3. Evolution of the Ocean Floor 4. The Evidence for Plate Tectonics 5. Water and Seawater 6. Ocean Sediments 7. Ocean-Atmospheric Interactions 8. Ocean Circulation 9. Waves 10. Tides 11. Coasts 12. Foundations of Life in the Oceans 13. Coastal Oceans and Estuaries 14. Marine Ecology 15. Ocean Ecosystems 16. Ocean Uses and Pollution 17. Critical Concept: Toxicity

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