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Introduction to the World's Oceans

Introduction to the World's Oceans - 8th edition

ISBN13: 978-0072945553

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ISBN13: 978-0072945553
ISBN10: 0072945559
Edition: 8TH 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
Published: 2005
International: No

Introduction to the World's Oceans - 8TH 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0072945553

Keith Sverdrup, Alyn C. Duxbury and Alison B. Duxbury

ISBN13: 978-0072945553
ISBN10: 0072945559
Edition: 8TH 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
Published: 2005
International: No

An Introduction to the World's Oceans, 8/e is an introductory oceanography text intended for students without a background in mathematics, chemistry, physics, geology, or biology. It emphasizes the role of basic scientific principles in helping understand the processes that govern the ocean and the earth.

A major objective of An Introduction to the World's Oceans is to stimulate student interest and curiosity by blending contemporary information and research with basic principles to form an integrated introduction to the sciences of the oceans. To keep the text as current as possible, the authors conduct their own research and examine other findings such as analyzing satellite data and large-scale oceanographic programs. From this vast amount of data, they select interesting, relevant, and understandable examples that illustrate contemporary principles of oceanography.

An Introduction to the World's Oceans places greater emphasis on the physical and geological aspects of the oceans than on the chemical and geochemical properties, because the latter disciplines require more specific background knowledge. An ecological approach helps integrate the biological chapters with other subjects. Students are encouraged to look at oceanography as a cohesive and united discipline rather than a collection of subjects gathered under a marine umbrella. As with all previous editions, the authors continue to make each chapter stand as independently as possible, so that professors can assign chapters in the order that best suits their classrooms.

New to This Edition :

  • Several prominent oceanographers contributed to Introduction to the World's Oceans, 8/e as guest essayists. Their articles will help students learn about some of the most exciting and cutting-edge developments in oceanography. They also provide the reader a glimpse into the near future of the discipline.

Features :

  • Throughout the book, you'll find that the author team has included the most up-to-date material.

  • The three authors each bring unique skills and expertise to this text--Alyn Duxbury has expertise in physical oceanography, Alison Duxbury has expertise in marine biology, and Keith Sverdrup has expertise in marine geology, geophysics, and how oceanography relates to other areas of science.
  • The Digital Content Manager CD-ROM contains nearly every photograph and piece of artwork from An Introduction to the World's Oceans, 8/e. Additionally, videoclips from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography are also included on this presentation CD-ROM.
  • An Online Learning Center at provides online quizzing, animations and exercises, instructor resources, as well as access to PowerWeb Oceanography, which provides up-to-the-minute news and journal articles.

Author Bio

Sverdrup, Keith A. : University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee

Duxbury, Alyn C. : University of Washington

Duxbury, Alison B. : North Seattle Community College

Table of Contents

The History of Oceanography
Prologue: The History of Oceanography
1 The Water Planet
2 Plate Tectonics
3 The Sea Floor and Its Sediments
4 The Physical Properties of Water
5 The Chemistry of Seawater
6 The Structure and Motion of the Atmosphere
7 Circulation and Ocean Structure
8 The Currents
9 The Waves
10 The Tides
11 Coasts, Beaches, and Estuaries
12 Environmental Issues and Concerns
13 The Living Ocean
14 Production and Life
15 The Plankton: Drifters of the Open Ocean
16 The Nekton: Free Swimmers of the Sea
17 The Benthos: Dwellers of the Sea Floor
Appendix A: Scientific (or Exponential) Notation
Appendix B: SI Units
Appendix C: Equations and Quantitative Relationships

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