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Oceans: A Visual Guide

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The oceans revealed as never before.

The world's oceans contain habitats that are as different from one another as a rainforest is from a desert. Oceanography is little more than a century old, and scientists now explore the sea in specialized submersibles and scan its features from space.

Oceans: A Visual Guide explores the mysteries of these fascinating worlds beneath the waves. From the coastline to the deepest trench, oceans host an ...

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Overview

The oceans revealed as never before.

The world's oceans contain habitats that are as different from one another as a rainforest is from a desert. Oceanography is little more than a century old, and scientists now explore the sea in specialized submersibles and scan its features from space.

Oceans: A Visual Guide explores the mysteries of these fascinating worlds beneath the waves. From the coastline to the deepest trench, oceans host an astonishing variety of marine life. Some life forms are rare, some bizarre, some of breathtaking beauty. Each has adapted to the extreme conditions of ocean life in unique and fascinating ways.

This book features hundreds of color illustrations and photographs that reveal the wonders of our oceans. Chapters include:

  • The Blue Planet — over 70 percent of Earth is covered by oceans that are largely unexplored
  • Exploring the Ocean — from ancient times to the age of satellites
  • Ocean Life — the circle of life from plankton to whales
  • Into the Deep — the origins of life in a world of darkness
  • The Fringes — marine life where the oceans meet the land
  • The Human Impact — the wealth of the oceans and how to protect them.

Scientifically accurate and visually stunning, Oceans: A Visual Guide is for everyone who loves the sea.

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The focus of this book is assuredly visual, with the text supplementing the awesome colored illustrations. Chapters begin with the blue planet and include exploration, ocean life, into the depth, the fringes, and human impact. Even the most indifferent student will be tempted to browse photos such as lava flows illustrating evidence for spreading seas, Norwegian fjords, or the giant squid. Teachers will be most impressed by the amazing amount of information packed into maps, graphs, and notes on the illustrations. One double-face illustration explains various feeding strategies by seabirds and another shows whale migration. Exploring the oceans includes ancient and modern seagoing vessels, trade routes, and submersibles. Human impact on the oceans of the world includes fish farming, whaling, pearling, and energy resources. A concluding factfile gives extensive statistics on oceans and seas with subdivisions that include reserves and parks in the world's oceans. The eye-catching appeal of this book will not disappoint the more serious searcher for specific information. The British authors provide an international rather than American perspective. This book will be valuable for a broad spectrum of students and teachers interested in a variety of topics involving the oceans and is a must have for any library adequately serving youth. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2005, Firefly, 304p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Charts. Chronology.,Ages 11 to Adult.
—Marilyn Brien
Booklist - Donna Seaman
Picture-rich all-ocean tour... a superb introduction to oceanography.
Olympia Olympian - Sharon Wootton
Terrific photographs, worthy illustrations, and to-the-point text blocks combine for an overview of a world that covers 71 percent of Earth's surface.
Halifax Chronicle Herald - Jodi Delong
A particularly appealing offering for those of us who love sea... a splendid look into that final frontier.
Science Books and Films - John G. Weihaupt
Very nicely illustrated... scientifically accurate, informative, and up to date.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554070695
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/3/2005
  • Series: Visual Guides Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.37 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Hutchinson, PhD, is a visiting senior fellow at the Southampton Oceanography Centre in England.

Lawrence E. Hawkins, PhD, is a senior lecturer in marine biology at the Southampton Oceanography Centre in England.

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Table of Contents

Introduction The Blue Planet

  • The blue planet
  • Birth of the oceans
  • Spreading seas
  • Ocean zones
  • World ocean
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Indian Ocean
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Southern Ocean
  • Arctic Ocean
  • Seawater and salinity
  • Solar and lunar tides
  • Surface currents
  • Deep water currents
  • The Gulf Stream and North Atlantic drift
  • El Niño / La Niña
  • Wave generation
  • Tsunamis
  • Hurricanes
  • Ocean habitats
  • Polar regions
  • Temperate regions
  • Tropical regions
Exploring the Oceans
  • A history of ocean exploration
  • Ocean myths
  • Early voyages
  • Traversing the oceans
  • Reaching Antarctica
  • The modern era
  • Marine archaeology
  • 5000 years of oceanography
  • Major centers of oceanography
  • Mapping the oceans
  • Sampling the water column
  • Sampling the seafloor
  • A history of submersibles
  • Manned submersibles
  • Alvin
  • Unmanned submersibles
  • Early diving
  • Modern diving
Ocean Life
  • The food web
  • Plankton
  • Seaweeds and flowering plants
  • Sponges
  • Corals, jellyfishes and anemones
  • Comb jellies
  • Marine worms
  • Lophophrates
  • Mollusks
  • Crustaceans
  • Echinoderms
  • Sea squirts and lancelets
  • Lampreys and hagfishes
  • Sharks, rays and chimaeras
  • Bony fishes
  • Spiny-rayed fishes
  • Marine reptiles
  • Dugongs and manatees
  • Whales, dolphins and porpoises
  • Whale migration
  • Seals, sealions and walruses
  • Seabirds
  • Seabird feeding strategies
Into the Deep
  • Into the deep
  • Origins of life
  • Food in the deep
  • Deep sea crustaceans
  • Deep sea squid
  • Corals, jellyfishes and anemones
  • Deep sea fishes
  • Deep sea worms
  • Deep sea cucumbers
  • Life on the deep seafloor
  • Adaptations: sense organs
  • Adaptations: color
  • Adaptations: shape
  • Adaptations: bioluminescence
  • Adaptations: feeding
  • Adaptations: reproduction
  • Hot vents
  • Cold seeps
The Fringes
  • Coral reefs worldwide
  • Coral reefs
  • Coral communities
  • Atolls
  • Shelf seas
  • Estuaries
  • Estuarine life
  • Fjords
  • Mangroves
  • Kelp forests
  • Sea grasses
  • Sand and shingle shores
  • Rocky shores
  • Life in the strandline
  • Shore life
  • Tide pools
  • Life in mud
  • Life around ice
The Human Impact
  • Peoples of the sea: Inuit
  • Peoples of the sea: South Pacific Islanders
  • Local fishing
  • Commercial fishing
  • Overfishing
  • Fish farming
  • Shellfish farming
  • Pearling
  • Whaling
  • Oil and gas
  • Salt and other minerals
  • Desalination
  • Tidal power
  • Wind and wave energy
  • Habitat destruction
  • Human impact: estuaries
  • Coastal pollution
  • Ocean dumping
  • Global warming
  • Conservation and restoration
  • The future

Factfile
Glossary
Index

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Preface

Introduction

A famous oceanographer used to start his lectures on the oceans with the phrase, "The oceans are wide, deep, dark, cold and salty." He could have added that, although it constitutes 71 percent of Earth's surface, much of the vast ocean realm remains to he explored. The presence of liquid water on the surface of our planet is remarkable in itself, and it is Earth's unique position in the solar system and the unusual properties of liquid water that have transformed a hot, barren wilderness into the Blue Planet. The early oceans were the cradle of life on Earth and they still affect life on the planet, controlling weather patterns and major environmental cycles. Life in the oceans encompasses some of the smallest living organisms and the largest animals that have ever existed. Some are familiar from seaside holidays, sailing or diving, but beyond the low tide mark there is an abundance of marine plants and animals that are not so well known and whose biology is not fully understood. Our exploitation of the biological and mineral wealth of the oceans is exacting a toll on the health of the seas. Understanding how the oceans work and devising means to remedy problems are vital to ourselves and future generations. The latest technology is allowing scientists to explore ever-deeper and in greater detail, and may even result in the exploration of seas on other planets. Our journey through the ocean realms will take us from the shores to the deepest places on the surface of Earth.

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Introduction

Introduction

A famous oceanographer used to start his lectures on the oceans with the phrase, "The oceans are wide, deep, dark, cold and salty." He could have added that, although it constitutes 71 percent of Earth's surface, much of the vast ocean realm remains to he explored. The presence of liquid water on the surface of our planet is remarkable in itself, and it is Earth's unique position in the solar system and the unusual properties of liquid water that have transformed a hot, barren wilderness into the Blue Planet. The early oceans were the cradle of life on Earth and they still affect life on the planet, controlling weather patterns and major environmental cycles. Life in the oceans encompasses some of the smallest living organisms and the largest animals that have ever existed. Some are familiar from seaside holidays, sailing or diving, but beyond the low tide mark there is an abundance of marine plants and animals that are not so well known and whose biology is not fully understood. Our exploitation of the biological and mineral wealth of the oceans is exacting a toll on the health of the seas. Understanding how the oceans work and devising means to remedy problems are vital to ourselves and future generations. The latest technology is allowing scientists to explore ever-deeper and in greater detail, and may even result in the exploration of seas on other planets. Our journey through the ocean realms will take us from the shores to the deepest places on the surface of Earth.

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