Marine Biology: A Very Short Introduction

Marine Biology: A Very Short Introduction

by Philip V. Mladenov
     
 

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The marine environment is the largest, most important, and yet most mysterious habitat on our planet. It contains more than 99% of the world's living space; produces half of its oxygen; plays a critical role in regulating its climate; and supports a remarkably diverse and exquisitely adapted array of life forms, from microscopic viruses, bacteria, and plankton to the

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The marine environment is the largest, most important, and yet most mysterious habitat on our planet. It contains more than 99% of the world's living space; produces half of its oxygen; plays a critical role in regulating its climate; and supports a remarkably diverse and exquisitely adapted array of life forms, from microscopic viruses, bacteria, and plankton to the largest existing animals. As the 21st century progresses human activities, such as overfishing, coastal development, plastic pollution, oil spills, nutrient pollution, the spread of exotic species, and the emission of climate changing greenhouse gases are posing a significant threat to the marine environment and to many of its life forms. In this unique Very Short Introduction, Philip Mladenov provides a comprehensive overview of marine biology, providing a tour of marine life and marine processes that ranges from the polar oceans to tropical coral reefs; and from the intertidal to the hydrothermal vents of the deep sea. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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"The account is up-to-date, pointing out new research in such areas as dissolved organic carbon, the El Niño cycle, and deep ocean biology, such as whale falls and the unexpected richness of the deep ocean bottom, discovered by the view from submersibles."—J.A. Mather, iCHOICEr

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191654350
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
09/26/2013
Series:
Very Short Introductions
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
726,537
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Philip Mladenov has more than 35 years of professional experience in marine biological research, teaching, and exploration. He is the author of some 80 scientific papers and a broad range of popular articles, consulting reports, and government reviews.

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