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Introduction to the World's Oceans / With CD-ROM

Introduction to the World's Oceans / With CD-ROM - 6th edition

Introduction to the World's Oceans / With CD-ROM - 6th edition

ISBN13: 9780072419573

ISBN10: 0072419571

Introduction to the World
Edition: 6TH 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
International: No
Introduction to the World

ISBN13: 9780072419573

ISBN10: 0072419571

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In this new sixth edition, Keith Sverdrup has teamed up with Alyn and Alison Duxbury as a co-author. The book continues to be for an introductory oceanography course intended for students without a background in mathematics, chemistry, physics, geology, or biology and it emphasizes the role of basic scientific principles in the processes that govern the ocean and the earth.

A major objective of this text 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 accomplish that, the author team has rewritten many chapters, rearranged others, and added new and updated material to all the chapters.

To keep the text as current as possible, the authors have spent much time reading the ever-increasing literature from the analyses of satellite data and the results of large-scale oceanographic programs. From these they have selected material that illustrates new technologies and clarifies the principles of oceanography.

In An Introduction to the World's Oceans, more emphasis is placed on the physical and geological aspects of the oceans than on the chemical and geochemical, because these latter disciplines require more specific background knowledge. An ecological approach as well as descriptive material is used to integrate the biological chapters with other subjects. "Practical Consideration" sections continue to emphasize the relationships existing among people, ocean resources, and the marine environment. Emphasis is on oceanography as a cohesive and united whole rather than a collection of subjects gathered under a marine umbrella.

Furthermore, the authors continue to make each chapter stand as independently as possible, so you may use the text in the chapter order that best suits your classroom.


  • Internet Exercises are available on the text web site. These will challenge students to obtain data or other information from various sites on the web and then solve problems.

    Besides the internet exercises on the web site, you'll find the Student Study Guide and Instructor's Manual (the IM is password protected). Every chapter has a listing of internet URLs and when appropriate, there are URL addresses included in figure captions. These URLs direct them to the relevant sites without the need to blindly search the web.

  • Discussions have been updated to reflect new data and information from recent research. For example:

    New discussion of how seawater affects light

    New discussion of study of underwater sound

    Impact of 1997-98 El Nino

  • "End of Chapter Problems" allow students to test their understanding of the concepts while providing them with more experience in the manipulation and processing of concepts and data. It allows students to "get their hands dirty" by working with the ideas presented in the chapter rather than just passively reading the material.
  • Special Interest Boxes provide in-depth discussions of: 1) practical applications of different techniques; 2) cutting edge research projects; or 3) particularly interesting processes and phenomena related to the oceans.

    A new boxed reading that has been added is on the "Recovery of Black Smokers: 1998" which discusses the expedition to recover four black smokers from Juan de Fuca ridge.

Author Bio

Duxbury, Alyn C. : University of Washington - Seattle

Duxbury, Alison B. : Seattle Central Community College

Sverdrup, Keith A. : University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

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 of the Oceans
7 The Ocean and the Atmosphere
8 The Currents
9 The Waves
10 The Tides
11 Coasts, Beaches, and Estuaries
12 Environmental Issues and Concerns
13 Oceans: Environment for Life
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

A Scientific (or Exponential)Notation
B SI Units
C Equations and Quantitative Relationships

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