Oceanography: An Illustrated Text

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Combining the skills of 40 contributors from world-renowned teaching and research establishments, this richly-illustrated introduction to oceanography appeals to a wide readership without compromising standards of scientific rigor.

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Oceans cover over 70% of the planet's surface and are essential to life on earth, yet their deepest mysteries remained unexplored until very recently when 20th century technological advances allowed the vast expansion of our frontiers of knowledge and worldwide interest in oceanography to grow rapidly. Combining the skills of 40 contributors from world-renowned teaching and research establishments, this is an authoritative, comprehensive guide. It focuses on the latest technological developments with coverage ranging from history and instrumentation to the physical geography, meteorology, biology, and chemistry of the sea and its ecosystems. It promotes awareness of current ecological concerns governing man's relationship with the oceans.Contains superb color illustrations--over 560 photos, diagrams and charts, plus 40 tables.

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Oceans cover over 700f the Earth’s surface and are essential to life on this planet. And yet it is only recently that the science and technology of Oceanography has matured - indeed, astronauts walked on the surface of the Moon before scientists explored the Mid-Ocean Ridge, a great mountain range that covers close to 230f the Earth’s total surface area! Oceanography provides the basis for understanding the oceans’ complexities, and an appreciation of the importance of recent discoveries (the volcanism and hydrothermal circulation within the Mid-Ocean Ridge) and improved sampling techniques (advanced remotely operated vehicle systems and satellite monitoring). It is written by expert teachers and leading researchers in each of the many aspects of Oceanography: Weather Systems; Physical Geography; Chemistry; Biology; Measurement Techniques; Economics. Oceanography is an authoritative, comprehensive, easy to read and richly illustrated guide to this vast and fascinating subject. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the oceans - crucial to our future, but as yet barely explored. Contributors M. V. Angel J. M. Bull J. D. Burton H. Charnock K. J. Collins M. B. Deacon N. C. Flemming A. Gebruk C. R. German W.J. Gould G. Griffiths T. Guymer P.J. Herring A.C. Jensen A.E.S. Kemp N.H. Kenyon R.S. Lampitt A.P.M. Lockwood J.J. Mallinson D.G. Masson R.A. Mills L.M. Parson D.A. Purdie A.L. Rice K.J. Richards P. Riddy I.S. Robinson R.G. Rothwell M. Sheader C.P. Summerhayes J. Thomson S.A. Thorpe P.A. Tyler M. Varney P.P.E. Weaver N.C. Wells R.B. Whitmarsh J.A. Williams C.M. Young

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