Oceanography : Contemporary Readings in Ocean Science

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The third edition of this highly successful textbook has now been considerably expanded and updated. Ideal for undergraduate students studying oceanography , it comprises a selection of articles, all written by internationaly renowned ocean scientists. Chapters cover all aspects of the subject including ocean resources, the law of the sea, migration of specific marine creatures, global warming, the consequences of oil spills, and other environmental management issues.show more

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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 165.6 x 234.7 x 21.1mm | 746.47g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • numerous halftones, line figures, and tables
  • 0195087682
  • 9780195087680

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Based on the outline for an introductory course in oceanography, the new edition includes several articles that address important recent developments in the field, including global research programs dealing with ocean circulation, sea level, climate, and deltas.show more

Table of contents

PART I: EXPLORING THE SEA ; 1. The Early History of Diving ; 2. Medical Problems Associated with Underwater Diving ; 3. H.M.S. Challenger and the Development of Marine Science ; 4. Long-Range Needs for Deep-Sea Platforms: The Deep-Sea Observatory Concept ; 5. Undersea Satellites: The Commercialization of AUVs ; PART II: CURRENTS, CHEMISTRY, AND CLIMATE ; 6. Update: World Ocean Circulation Experiment ; 7. El Nino and La Nana ; 8. Tracking Ocean Eddies ; 9. Carbon Sink and the Oceans ; 10. Numerical Air-Sea Environmental Prediction ; 11. Sea Level as an Indicator of Climate and Global Change ; 12. Ocean Warming and Sea Level Rise Along Southwest U.S. Coast ; 13. Global Warming an Antarctica ; PART III: GEOLOGY AND SEA LIFE ; 14. World Initiation of Holocene Marine Deltas by Deceleration of Sea-Level Rise ; 15. History of Pacific Guyots Uncovered, by the Ocean Drilling Program - Leg 143 Scientific Party ; 16. Ecology of Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vent Communities: A Review ; 17. Biodiversity of the Pelagic Ocean ; 18. The Predatory Behavior of the WQhite Shark ; 19. Sea Turtles Master Migration with Magnetic Memories ; 20. Which Whales Are Hunted? A Molecular Genetic Approach to Monitoring Whaling ; 21. Anthropogenic Nutrients and the Degradation of Western Atlantic and Caribbean Coral Reefs ; 22. Mermaids - Their Biology, Culture, and Demise ; 23. Red Menace in the World's Ocean ; 25. Bioluminescence: Excited States Under Cover of Darkness ; PART IV: OCEAN RESOURCES ; 26. U.S. Ocean Resources 2000: A National Plan for Growth ; 27. Marine Fisheries at a Critical Juncture ; 28. Ecosystem Management and the Antarctic Krill ; 29. Marine Aquaculture - Opportunities for Growth ; 30. Fish Meal and Alternate Sources of Protein in Fish Feeds ; 31. Gas Hydrates - Geological Perspective and Global Change ; 32. The Resource Potential of Antarctic Icebergs ; 33. The Call of the Islands ; PART V: OCEAN POLLUTION ; 34. Petroleum Drilling and Production Operations in the Gulf of Mexico ; 35. Oil Spill Response Technologies, by the U.S. Congress ; 36. Fate and Transport of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill ; 37. The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: Status of the Shorelineshow more

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none of the chapters is long, most are short, and the majority are a fairly easy read ... It is a book for dipping into for reference Ocean Challenge This attractively produced book is just what the title indicates. It guides us through the varied and intricate fields of ocean science with the aid of a multitude of coloured graphs, images and photographs and an accessible text. Everyone with an interest in marine science should have a copy. That there is hardly a significant branch of deep-sea oceanography not referred to somewhere in this book testifies to the breadth of expertise at the Centre. The wide range of material covered makes the book ideal for browsing ... it would be an invaluable supplement to any introductory course in oceanography. International Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 217 (1997)show more