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Marine Biology: A Very Short Introduction

Popular Science
An accessible, modern, and up-to-date overview of marine biology and the associated environmental issues
There is no other short introduction to the subject
Explores the marine processes in both the polar oceans and the tropical coral reefs
Considers the vital role the marine environment plays in the environment of our planet
Addresses the impact of human activities on marine life
Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series

Series: Very Short Introduction Series Volume: 354

By: Philip V Mladenov (Author)

156 pages, 35 b/w photos and b/w illustrations, 2 tables

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Sep 2013 | #201416 | ISBN-13: 9780199695058
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About this book

The marine environment is the largest, most important, and yet most mysterious habitat on our planet. It contains more than 99% of the world's living space; produces half of its oxygen; plays a critical role in regulating its climate; and supports a remarkably diverse and exquisitely adapted array of life forms, from microscopic viruses, bacteria, and plankton to the largest existing animals.

As the 21st century progresses human activities, such as overfishing, coastal development, plastic pollution, oil spills, nutrient pollution, the spread of exotic species, and the emission of climate changing greenhouse gases are posing a significant threat to the marine environment and to many of its life forms. In this unique Very Short Introduction, Philip Mladenov provides a comprehensive overview of marine biology, providing a tour of marine life and marine processes that ranges from the polar oceans to tropical coral reefs; and from the intertidal to the hydrothermal vents of the deep sea.


Contents

Introduction

1: The marine environment
2: Marine biological processes
3: Life in the costal ocean
4: Polar marine biology
5: Marine life in the tropics
6: Deep ocean biology
7: Intertidal life
8: Food from the oceans

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Further reading


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Biography

Philip Mladenov has more than 35 years of professional experience in marine biological research, teaching, and exploration. He is the author of some 80 scientific papers and a broad range of popular articles, consulting reports, and government reviews.

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