Marine Geology: Exploring the New Frontiersof the Ocean (The Living Earth Series) / Edition 2

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Facts On File's new The Living Earth series is a collection of accessible, lavishly illustrated reference books on geology and Earth science topics designed for high school students, researchers, teachers, and general readers. Jon Erickson, a geologist and accomplished geology and Earth science writer, offers an authoritative yet lively text that is complemented by a wealth of illustrations and photographs that portray the geologic wonders of our planet. Marine Geology: Exploring the New Frontiers of the Ocean is a fascinating examination of the intricate role oceans and water play in the origin and development of the universe. Marine Geology includes an extensive index, a glossary of terms (many of which have pronunciation guides) to help readers better understand the vocabulary of marine geology, and a bibliography of current sources for further research. The Living Earth series is an indispensable resource for students and general readers who are just beginning their study of the Earth and for more advanced researchers seeking in-depth information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816050772
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/15/2003
  • Series: Living Earth Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 317
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

Tables vii
Acknowledgments ix
Foreword xi
Introduction xiii
1 The Blue Planet: The World's Oceans 1
Origin of Sea and Sky
The Universal Sea
The Iapetus Sea
The Panthalassa Sea
The Tethys Sea
The Atlantic
2 Marine Exploration: Discoveries on the Seabed 31
Exploring the Ocean Floor
Surveying the Seabed
Geologic Observations
Ocean Drilling
Magnetic Surveys
Satellite Mapping
3 The Dynamic Seafloor: The Oceanic Crust 60
Lithospheric Plates
Oceanic Crust
The Rock Cycle
Ocean Basins
Submarine Canyons
Microplates and Terranes
4 Ridges and Trenches: Undersea Mountains and Chasms 87
The Midocean Ridges
The Heat Engine
Seafloor Spreading
Basaltic Magma
The Circum-Pacific Belt
The Deep-Sea Trenches
Plate Subduction
5 Submarine Volcanoes: Eruptions on the Ocean Floor 114
The Ring of Fire
The Rising Magma
Island Arcs
Guyots and Seamounts
Rift Volcanoes
Hot-Spot Volcanoes
Volcanic Activity
6 Abyssal Currents: Ocean Circulation 145
Rivers in the Abyss
El Nino
Abyssal Storms
Tidal Currents
Ocean Waves
Seismic Sea Waves
7 Coastal Geology: The Active Coastline 172
Storm Surges
Coastal Erosion
Wave Impacts
Coastal Subsidence
Marine Transgression
8 Sea Riches: Resources of the Ocean 201
Law of the Sea
Oil and Gas
Mineral Deposits
Energy from the Sea
Harvesting the Sea
9 Marine Biology: Life in the Ocean 229
Biologic Diversity
Marine Species
Life in the Abyss
Coral Reefs
The Vent Creatures
The Intertidal Zone
10 Rare Seafloor Formations: Unusual Geology on the Seabed 257
Mud Volcanoes
Subsea Geysers
Submarine Slides
Sea Caves
Seafloor Craters
Undersea Explosions
Conclusion 285
Glossary 286
Bibliography 297
Index 305
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