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Essentials of Oceanography


By: Alan P Trujillo(Author), Harold V Thurman(Author)

624 pages, illustrations

Prentice-Hall (Pearson Education)

Paperback | Jan 2016 | Edition: 12 | #232935 | ISBN-13: 9780134073545
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Essentials of Oceanography guides readers through the complexities of what lies beneath the ocean. With an interdisciplinary approach and accessible writing style, the text is engaging for all readers. The Twelfth Edition discusses the ocean's biological, chemical, geological, and physical components for an in-depth understanding of this vast and elaborate topic. Complex concepts are made engaging with extensively revised art and interactive study aids that keep readers interested and excited about the material.


1. Introduction to Planet "Earth"
2. Plate Tectonics and the Ocean Floor
3. Marine Provinces
4. Marine Sediments
5. Water and Seawater
6. Air–Sea Interaction
7. Ocean Circulation
8. Waves and Water Dynamics
9. Tides
10. Beaches, Shoreline Processes, and the Coastal Ocean
11. Marine Pollution
12. Marine Life and the Marine Environment
13. Biological Productivity and Energy Transfer
14. Animals of the Pelagic Environment
15. Animals of the Benthic Environment
16. The Oceans and Climate Change

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Al Trujillo began teaching at Palomar College in San Marcos, California in 1990. In 1997, he was awarded Palomar's Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2005 he received Palomar's Faculty Research Award. Al is the driving force behind this book. Authored around the legacy of Hal Thurman, Al has brought this title back to life. Al knows these students and has mastered the skill of engaging them. This book is a direct reflection of his ability to create a narrative around the subject matter. He is also a contributing author for Earth and Earth Science of the Tarbuck/Lutgens franchise. In addition to writing and teaching, Al works as a naturalist and lecturer aboard natural history expedition vessels in Alaska and the Sea of Cortez/Baja California. His research interests include beach processes, sea cliff erosion, and computer applications in Oceanography.

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