Ecological Geography of the Sea

Ecological Geography of the Sea

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This book presents an in-depth discussion of the biological and ecological geography of the oceans. It synthesizes locally restricted studies of the ocean to generate a global geography of the vast marine world.

Based on patterns of algal ecology, the book divides the ocean into four primary compartments, which are then subdivided into secondary compartments.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 182.9 x 259.1 x 20.3mm | 1,133.99g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0124555217
  • 9780124555211
  • 1,762,261

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Praise for the first edition:
"Alan Longhurst's masterful and stimulating book...beautifully shows us that the pelagic ecology of many ocean regions can be understood using a few fundamental concepts. With the coherent and simplified understanding presented in this book, everyone from the specialist to the layman will look at the ocean with new interest and appreciation."
--Sharon L. Smith, SCIENCE

"We were all waiting for this book...(its) excellence guarantees that the overall structure will remain, and that the well deserved eponym [previuosly referred to as Longhurst Areas] will stick."
--Daniel Pauly in Trends in Ecology and Evolution
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Table of contents

Ch. 1 Towards an Ecological Geography of the Sea
Ch. 2 Changing Views of How Marine Ecosystems Function
Ch. 3 Biogeographic Data in Ecological ANalysis
Ch. 4 Ocean Fronts and Other Ecological Discontinuities
Ch. 5 Physical Forcing of Phytoplankton Production
Ch. 6 Nutrient Limitation: The Example of Iron
Ch. 7 Biomes: The Primary Compartments
Ch. 8 Provinces: The Secondary Partition
Ch. 9 Longer Term Responses: From Seasons to Centuries
Ch. 10 The Atlantic Ocean
Ch. 11 The Indian Ocean
Ch. 12 The Pacific Ocean
Ch. 13 The Southern Ocean
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About Alan R. Longhurst

After 4 years of war service and after graduating from the University of London in 1952, Alan Longhurst subsequently studied the ecology of benthic communities and demersal fish off tropical West Africa and New Zealand, and the ecology of oceanic zooplankton in the eastern tropical Pacific, the north Atlantic and the arctic archipelago of Canada. He has held both research and administrative posts in several laboratories and has had many less formal occupations, such as coordinating the EASTROPAC surveys or acting as Secretary, SCOR. He has published widely in the field of benthic and pelagic ecology, and concerning the ecological basis of fisheries. He is now retired and spends much of year in SW France, where he assists his wife in running a gallery of contemporary art, keeping a sharp eye out for oceanographers among their clients.
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