A reference work that embraces the major fields of oceanographic research: the physical nature of the oceans and the evolution and distribution of marine life. This book offers information on a wide range of topics, from the formation of oceanic ridges to the astonishing diversity and complex interactions of marine communities.
This major new volume is an indispensable resource, and an endlessly fascination work of reference. Clearly structured in two parts, dealing with the physical nature of oceans and the evolution and distribution of marine life, it covers all the major fields of oceanographic research. Its accessible treatment offers a wealth of up-to-date information on topics ranging from oceanic ridge formation and hydrothermal vents, to the rhythm and patterns of tides, currents, and weather systems, to the astonishing diversity and complex interactions of marine communities. The impact of humankind on the oceans is also discussed: with increasing demand for resources, the world's oceans are set to become the 'final frontier' for intensive scientific research. However, the seas are not inexhaustible, nor are they infinitely resilient; disasters such as Exxon Valdez have brought home the enormous costs of marine pollution. The "Encyclopedia of the Oceans" considers the options and looks at the sustainable use of resources and conservation of marine life. The stunning photographs - many of them illustrating exciting new underwater research projects, brilliant explanatory artworks and maps, together with the clear, authoritative text combine to make this an invaluable work of reference on a unique, vital, but little understood component of our planet.
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Although ostensibly a popular book, it is also a serious work of record backed by comprehensive reference of its sources... An important academic contribution to the history of one of the most romantic branches of nineteenth-century science and a perceptive commentary on the social and cultural background from which modern observational oceanography sprang. Richard Shelton, TLS Clearly written and beautifully illustrated, this is the perfect introduction to the seas. The Scotsman
Table of Contents
PREFACE; INTRODUCTION - EXPLORING AND UNDERSTANDING THE OCEANS; PART 1: OCEAN SYSTEMS - THE PHYSICAL NATURE OF THE OCEANS; 1. Plates on the move (the evolution of oceans); 2. Patterns and cycles (the changing face of the ocean); 3. Salt, sun, and sea-level (the nature of seawater); 4. Silent, strong, and deep (waves, tides, currents, and climate); 5. Resources for the third millenium (minerals and energy); OCEAN MAPS - BATHYMETRY AND RESOURCES; PART 2: THE LIVING OCEAN - THE EVOLUTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF MARINE LIFE; 6. Evolution and extinction (the origin of life); 7. Producers and consumers (the world of plankton); 8. Marine animals (variety and adaptation); 9. Complex communities (habitats and ecosystems); 10. Fragile environments (marine life and humankind); CONCLUSION - MANAGING AND CONSERVING THE OCEANS; Glossary of terms; Bibliography and resources; Acknowledgements; Index
Encyclopedia of the Oceans by Dorrick Stow
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