Oceanography: An Illustrated Guide

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CRC Press, Apr 1, 1996 - Science - 352 pages
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Oceans cover over 70% of the planet's surface and are essential to life on earth, yet their deepest mysteries remained unexplored until very recently when 20th century technological advances allowed the vast expansion of our frontiers of knowledge, and worldwide interest in oceanography grew rapidly.

Combining the skills of 40 contributors from world-renowned teaching and research establishments, this richly illustrated introduction to oceanography is suitable for coursework and appeals to a wide readership without compromising standards of scientific rigour.

With coverage ranging from history and instrumentation to the physical geography, meteorology, biology and chemistry of the sea and its ecosystems, Oceanography provides the reader with an authoritative, comprehensive guide while promoting awareness of current ecological concerns governing man's relationship with the oceans.
  

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Contents

Foreword
4
Preface
5
The Global Oceans
6
The Geological Time Scale
7
Standard International SI Units
8
1 How the Science of Oceanography Developed
9
2 The Atmosphere and the Ocean
27
3 The Role of Ocean Circulation in the Changing Climate
41
12 The Marine Carbonate System
182
Animals in the Deep Sea
195
14 Light Colour and Vision in the Ocean
212
15 Ocean Diversity
228
16 Life in Estuaries Salt Marshes Lagoons and Coastal Waters
244
17 Artificial Reefs
259
18 Scientific Diving
273
19 Marine Instrumentation
280

4 Ocean Weather Eddies in the Sea
59
5 Observing Oceans from Space
69
6 Marine Phytoplankton Blooms
89
7 Snow Falls in the Open Ocean
96
8 The Evolution and Structure of Ocean Basins
113
9 Slides Debris Flows and Turbidity Currents
136
10 MidOcean Ridges and Hydrothermal Activity
152
A Global Chemical System
165
20 The Sea Floor Exploring a Hidden World
300
21 Ocean Resources
314
22 Waste Disposal in the Deep Ocean
338
Some Commonly Used Words and Terms
346
Acronyms
347
Index
348
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