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    DescriptionThis is a book about an ocean that vanished six million years ago - the ocean of Tethys. Named after a Greek sea nymph, there is a sense of mystery about such a vast, ancient ocean, of which all that remains now are a few little pools, like the Caspian Sea. There were other great oceans in the history of the Earth - Iapetus, Panthalassa - but Tethys was the last of them, vanishing a mere moment (in geological terms) before Man came on the scene. Once Tethys stretched across the world. How do we know? And how could such a vast ocean vanish? The clues of its existence are scattered from Morocco to China. This book tells the story of the ocean, from its origins some 250 million years ago, to its disappearance. It also tells of its impact on life on Earth. The dinosaurs were just beginning to get going when Tethys formed, and they were long dead by the time it disappeared. Dorrik Stow describes the powerful forces that shaped the ocean; the marine life it once held and the rich deposits of oil that life left behind; the impact of its currents on environment and climate. It is rarely realized how very important oceans are to climate and environment, and therefore to life on Earth. The story of Tethys is also a story of extinctions, and floods, and extraordinary episodes such as the virtual drying up of the Mediterranean, before being filled again by a dramatic cascade of water over the straits of Gibralter. And in the telling of that story, we also learn how geologists put together the clues in rocks and fossils to discover Tethys and its history.

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    Vanished Ocean
    How Tethys Reshaped the World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Dorrik Stow
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 195 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199214297
    ISBN 10: 0199214298

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
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    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDA
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
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    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI052000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16640
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QS
    Abridged Dewey: 551
    LC classification: GC
    DC22: 551.46
    B&T Approval Code: A56240000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI031000
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    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    15 maps and line drawings
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    04 May 2012
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    Author Information
    Dorrik Stow is ECOSSE Chair and Professor at Heriot-Watt University. He was previously Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton. His main research interests are energy and environmental research for ECOSSE (Edinburgh Consortium for Subsurface Science and Engineering), past environmental change, and the role of geosciences for international development. He has published over 200 research publications and eight books including Encyclopedia of the Oceans (OUP, 2005).
    Table of contents
    Preface ; 1. Tethys the Sea Goddess ; 2. Pangea the Supercontinent and the Birth of Tethys ; 3. Extinction, Evolution, and the Great Cycles of Life ; 4. Tethyan Fecundity in the Jurassic Seas ; 5. Black Death to Black Gold ; 6. The Greatest Flood of All Time: Rise and Fall of the Seas ; 7. End of an Era: The Debate Continues ; 8. Portrait of the Tethys Seaway ; 9. Closing Ocean, Rising Mountain ; 10. Death Throes of an Ocean ; 11. Epilogue: Perspective on the Future ; Further Reading ; Glossary of terms