Investigating Oceanography

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0078022932 · 9780078022937
This introductory oceanography text is intended to teach students the tremendous influence oceans have on our lives. They are encouraged to look at oceanography as a cohesive and united discipline rather than a collection of subjects gathered under a… Read More
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Prologue: The History of Oceanography

1 The Water Planet

2 Earth Structure and Plate Tectonics

3 The Sea Floor and Its Sediments

4 The Physical Properties of Water

5 Seawater

6 The Atmosphere and the Oceans

7 Ocean Structure and Circulation

8 The Waves

9 The Tides

10 Coasts, Beaches, and Estuaries

11 The Living Ocean

12 The Plankton, Energy, and Food Webs

13 The Nekton: Swimmers of the Sea

14 The Benthos: Living on the Sea Floor

15 Environmental Issues

16 The Oceans and Climate Disruption

This introductory oceanography text is intended to teach students the tremendous influence oceans have on our lives. They are encouraged to look at oceanography as a cohesive and united discipline rather than a collection of subjects gathered under a marine umbrella. Investigating Oceanography teaches students about the historical, geological, physical, chemical and biological characteristics of the ocean environment using remarkable images and photos. The authors have incorporated essays written by several scientists discussing topics in their fields of specialization. In addition to understanding processes and principles, the authors believe students must have a basic command of the language of marine science in order to understand the constant barrage of information concerning our planet and marine issues. By the end of this course, the authors want students to be prepared for future environmental discussions and the ability to make decisions as informed global citizens.