Provides comprehensive coverage of the evolution of ocean basins and their structure. This second edition explores how the 'hot springs' of the oceanic ridges cycle chemical elements between seawater and oceanic crust. It examines sediment distributions to demonstrate how sediments can preserve a record of past climatic and sea-level changes.
This is an invaluable textbook, prepared by the Open University team and designed so that it can be read on its own or as part of the OU course. This second edition has been fully revised and updated including new colour illustrations increasing the striking spread of full colour diagrams throughout the book. The clarity of the text has been improved, providing comprehensive coverage of the evolution of ocean basins and their structure in a clear, concise manner aimed specifically at the student market. In this second edition the technological advances in fields as diverse as: