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Overview

This Fifth Edition of OCEANOGRAPHY conveys Garrison's enthusiasm for oceanography to non-science students and concentrates on maximizing student learning. Garrison brings focus and excitement to students' natural appreciation of the complexities of the ocean with integrated technology and a stunning visual program. Drawing on his more than thirty years of teaching experience, Garrison is intent on writing for how students learn best: he is the only oceanography author to consistently consult students about each new edition and incorporate their suggestions, creating a dynamic, current student focus. He provides students with a basic understanding of the scientific questions, complexities, and uncertainties involved in ocean use and the role and importance of the ocean in nurturing and sustaining life on the planet. Also, with a feel for students' excitement at discovering connections, Garrison increases the emphasis in this edition on the interdisciplinary nature of marine science, stressing its links to biology, chemistry, geology, physics, meteorology, astronomy, ecology, history, and economics. To further enrich the student experience, this edition is now fully integrated, on a concept level and with book-specific interactivities, with a FREE brand-new, student tutorial system called OceanographyNow. OceanographyNow is Web-based, assessment-driven, and completely flexible, offering a personalized learning plan based on each student's quiz results to help students focus on the concepts they don't yet understand. Enhanced illustrations, seamless integration of online resources, and a rich suite of student resources (with an optional regional emphasis) complete the Garrison learning experience. "This text is a must for any student searching for a detailed, yet easy to understand introduction to science." - Tanya Johnson, President of Associated Students at Skyline College, on Garrison's OCEANOGRAPHY.

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"I prefer the Garrison text in most cases over the textbook I am currently using. I find the Garrison text to be equivalent )to) or better than other textbooks I have reviewed...I found the writing style to be very readable and engaging. This textbook does not always read like a textbook....What I really like are the sample questions from students and the critical thinking questions provided at the end of each chapter. I think the figures and images in the chapters I reviewed were truly excellent...I think the author's approach is very effective and definitely provides (the) relevance of oceanography to student(s') lives...This text provides timely examples that enhance the material. I think it is overall an excellent textbook that presents material that is extremely accessible to students coming from varied backgrounds."

"It is by far the most accurate treatment of introductory oceanography that I have ever seen."

"I think Garrison does an outstanding job!...I think this is a great book. The writing style is easy and simple to understand; the level at which topics are covered is perfect. When my students heard that I was reviewing a few chapters of the book, they asked me to tell the author that his book is one of the best they ever used, and that not only had they already gone through all of it, (so had) their roommate/ best friend/ child/ wife, etc"

"Garrison's text is better in almost every respect (than my current text)...His illustrations are better and the historical perspective he presents is very helpful in demonstrating how science works and progresses."

"Garrison makes learning about Oceanography a splash!"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534408879
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/19/2004
  • Edition description: 5TH PKG
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Garrison (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is emeritus professor of Marine Science at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California, one of the largest undergraduate marine science departments in the United States. Dr. Garrison also holds an adjunct professorship at the University of Southern California. He has been named the country's Outstanding Marine Educator by the National Marine Technology Society, is a member of the COSEE staff, writes a regular column for the journal Oceanography, and was a winner of the prestigious Salgo-Noren Foundation Award for Excellence in College Teaching as well as the University of Texas NISOD award for academic leadership. Dr. Garrison was an Emmy Award team participant as writer and science advisor for the PBS syndicated Oceanus television series, and writer and science advisor for The Endless Voyage, a set of television programs in oceanography completed in 2003. He serves as a grants judge for the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. His widely used textbooks in oceanography and marine science have been the college market's best sellers for more than a decade. In 2009, the faculty of Orange Coast College selected Dr. Garrison as the institution's first Distinguished Professor, and The Association of Community College Trustees selected Dr. Garrison to win the United States and Canada's Pacific Region Award as top community college professor in 2010.

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Table of Contents

1. Knowing the Ocean World. 2. Origins. 3. Earth Structure and Plate Tectonics. 4. Continental Margins and Ocean Basins. 5. Sediments. 6. Water and Ocean Structure. 7. Seawater Chemistry. 8. Circulation of the Atmosphere. 9. Circulation of the Ocean. 10. Waves. 11. Tides. 12. Coasts. 13. Life in the Ocean. 14. Plankton, Algae, and Plants. 15. Marine Animals. 16. Marine Communities. 17. Marine Resources. 18. Environmental Concerns. Afterword. Appendix I: Measurements and Conversions. Appendix II: Geological Time. Appendix III: Latitude and Longitude, Time, and Navigation. Appendix IV: Maps and Charts. Appendix V: The Coriolis Effect. Appendix VI: Taxonomic Classification of Marine Organisms. Appendix VII: Calculating the Tide Generating Force. Appendix VIII: Periodic Table of the Elements. Appendix IX: The Beaufort Scale. Appendix X: Working in Marine Science. Glossary. Credits. Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2005

    Finally, a readable science text

    This text was assigned for my marine science class. For once, science was written for the regular student. Ideas were made understandable and many interesting stories (rubber ducks in marine science) were included to make the reading enjoyable. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2005

    excellent text

    I used this textbook in one of my first college classes. The material was presented clearly and the concepts were not too complicated. As I expanded my exposure to oceanography with more advanced courses, I would often use this text as a reference. I highly recommend this textbook for any oceanography class.

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