Introduction to the Worlds Oceans / Edition 10

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Overview

An Introduction to the World's Oceans, Tenth Edition, is an introductory oceanography text intended for students without a background in mathematics, chemistry, physics, geology, or biology. It emphasizes the role of basic scientific principles in helping understand the processes that govern the ocean and the earth. To keep the text as current as possible, the authors conduct their own research and examine other findings such as analyzing satellite data and large-scale oceanographic programs. From this vast amount of data, they select interesting, relevant, and understandable examples that illustrate contemporary principles of oceanography.

An Introduction to the World's Oceans places greater emphasis on the physical and geological aspects of the oceans than on the chemical and geochemical properties, because the latter disciplines require more specific background knowledge. An ecological approach helps integrate the biological chapters with other subjects. Students are encouraged to look at oceanography as a cohesive and united discipline rather than a collection of subjects gathered under a marine umbrella. As with all previous editions, the authors continue to make each chapter stand as independently as possible, so that professors can assign chapters in the order that best suits their classrooms.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073376707
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 11/3/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 637,082
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Sverdrup is a professor at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.

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Table of Contents

1 The History of Oceanography2 The Water Planet 3 Plate Tectonics4 The Sea Floor and Its Sediments5 The Physical Properties of Water6 The Chemistry of Seawater7 The Structure and Motion of the Atmosphere8 Circulation and Ocean Structure9 The Surface Currents10 The Waves11 The Tides12 Coasts, Beaches, and Estuaries13 Environmental Issues and Concerns14 The Living Ocean15 Production and Life16 The Plankton: Drifters of the Open Ocean17 The Nekton: Free Swimmers of the Sea18 The Benthos: Dwellers of the Sea FloorAppendixesGlossaryCreditsIndex

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