SeaLife: A Complete Guide to the Marine Environment

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Brimming with illustrations and descriptions of more than six hundred species, SeaLife is the most comprehensive reference available in a single volume to the vast panorama of vertebrate and invertebrate creatures inhabiting the world's oceans and shores. Topics covered include oceanography and marine biology; biology of marine environments; marine invertebrates; marine fishes; marine reptiles; seabirds; whales, dolphins and porpoises; dugong and manatees; seals, sea lions and walrus; and marine otters and polar ...
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Overview

Brimming with illustrations and descriptions of more than six hundred species, SeaLife is the most comprehensive reference available in a single volume to the vast panorama of vertebrate and invertebrate creatures inhabiting the world's oceans and shores. Topics covered include oceanography and marine biology; biology of marine environments; marine invertebrates; marine fishes; marine reptiles; seabirds; whales, dolphins and porpoises; dugong and manatees; seals, sea lions and walrus; and marine otters and polar bears. With 56 color plates, 1,000 black-and-white illustrations, 75 maps and an extensive reference section, this book is an essential companion for all marine enthusiasts.
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“Very occasionally there comes to a reviewer a book as comprehensive in its range, as encyclopedic in its detail, as soundly based on scientific research and as profusely illustrated as SeaLife.”—Seafarer

“Edited by a research fellow at the University of London, this comprehensive treatise on marine biology is written for the nonscientist with a serious interest in the subject and could also serve as a college text. Introductory sections summarize oceanographic voyages and explorations, the origin of life in the sea, the physical and chemical nature of the oceans, and water movement and ocean circulation. A description of marine ecological zones and animal distribution among them precedes detailed chapters on marine vertebrates and invertebrates, marine reptiles, seabirds, cetaceans, and polar bears. . . . A useful reference source for academic and public libraries.”—Library Journal

Library Journal
Edited by a research fellow at the University of London, this comprehensive treatise on marine biology is written for the nonscientist with a serious interest in the subject and could also serve as a college text. Introductory sections summarize oceanographic voyages and explorations, the origin of life in the sea, the physical and chemical nature of the oceans, and water movement and ocean circulation. A description of marine ecological zones and animal distribution among them precedes detailed chapters on marine vertebrates and invertebrates, marine reptiles, seabirds, cetaceans, and polar bears. While line drawings and color plates (not seen) are profuse, there is much more text in relation to illustrative material than in Boyce Thorne Miller's Living Ocean (LJ 2/15/91). A reference section gives directions on observing, recording, and sampling. Maps show the geographical distribution of selected marine organisms, and a list of roots, prefixes, and suffixes encountered in biological terms is a unique feature.) A useful reference source for academic and public libraries. (Index not seen.)Judith Barnett, Pell Marine Science Lib., Univ. of Rhode Island, Kingston
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560986331
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 1,035,200
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 9.71 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
List of Contributors
Explanation of the Plates
List of Plates
Oceanography and Marine Biology
Biology of Marine Environments
Identifying Marine Life. Part One: Invertebrates (Plates 1-8)
Marine Invertebrates
Identifying Marine Life. Part Two: Vertebrates (Plate 9-56)
Evolution of the Verterbrates
Marine Fishes
Marine Reptiles
Seabirds
Cetaceans
Sirenians
Pinnipeds
Marine Otters
Polar Bear
Reference Section
Observing, Recording and Sampling
Glossary
App. I The Metric System and Conversion Factors
App. II Prefixes & Suffixes
App. III Beaufort Wind Scale
Maps
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2000

    Outstanding!

    I am a 12 year old expert on the marine environment (especially cetaceans) and I found this book as a great introduction into the marine science. They could have given better descriptions of the animals in the book. But that is okay because it was still a fasinating and intreaging book.

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