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Please note: this is the UK edition of the book published as 'Oceans' in the US by University of Chicago Press.
Clearly structured in two parts, dealing with the physical nature of oceans and the evolution and distribution of marine life, it covers all the major fields of oceanographic research. Its accessible treatment offers a wealth of up-to-date information on topics ranging from oceanic ridge formation and hydrothermal vents, to the rhythm and patterns of tides, currents, and weather systems, to the diversity and complex interactions of marine communities. The impact of humankind on the oceans is also discussed. The book considers the options and looks at the sustainable use of resources and conservation of marine life. The stunning photographs illustrate new underwater research projects.
Although ostensibly a popular book, it is also a serious work of record backed by comprehensive reference of its sources... An important academic contribution to the history of one of the most romantic branches of nineteenth-century science and a perceptive commentary on the social and cultural background from which modern observational oceanography sprang. Richard Shelton, TLS Clearly written and beautifully illustrated, this is the perfect introduction to the seas. The Scotsman
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