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This fascinating book features a systematic description of the knowledge accumulated on the physical oceanography, marine chemistry and pollution, marine biology and geology, meteorology and hydrology of the Black Sea.
It's based on a wealth of primary data collected by expeditions as well as archive data, it presents the principal characteristic features of the environmental conditions of the sea and their changes in the second half of the 20th century.
At present, the principal problems of the Black Sea are related to the estimation of the intensity of the chemical pollution of the sea and its impact upon the biota. Special attention is given to the socioeconomic, legal, and political issues in the Black Sea region.
Complete with online files and updates, it's full of information from a huge body of scientific literature that has thus far only been published in Russian editions.
A.N. Kosarev and A.G. Kostianoy: Introduction.- A.N. Kosarev and I.S. Zonn: Brief History of the Black Sea Exploration and Oceanographic Investigation.- A.A. Svitoch: Quaternary Paeleogeography of the Azov-Black Sea Basin.- E.I. Ignatov: Coastal and Bottom Topography.- A.N. Kosarev, A.G. Kostianoy, and T.A. Shiganova: The Sea of Azov.- V.N. Mikhailov and M.V. Mikhailova: River Mouths.- A.N. Kosarev, V.S. Arkhipkin, and G.V. Surkova: Hydrometeorological Conditions.- V.S. Tuzhilkin: General Circulation.- A.I. Ginzburg, A.G. Zatsepin, A.G. Kostianoy, and N.A. Sheremet: Mesoscale Water Dynamics.- V.S. Tuzhilkin: Thermohaline Structure of the Sea.- A.I. Ginzburg, A.G. Kostianoy, and N.A. Sheremet: Sea Surface Temperature Variability.- E.V. Yakushev, V.K. Chasovnikov, J.W. Murray, S.V. Pakhomova, O.I. Podymov, and P.A. Stunzhas: Vertical Hydrochemical Structure of the Black Sea.- I.I. Volkov and L.N. Neretin: Hydrogen Sulfide in the Black Sea.- N.P. Nezlin: Seasonal and Interannual Variability of Remotely Sensed Chlorophyll.- Z.Z. Finenko: Biodiversity and Bioproductivity.- T.A. Shiganova: Introduced Species.- I.S. Zonn, D.Y. Fashchuk, and A.I. Ryabinin: Environmental Issues of the Black Sea.- I.S. Zonn and S.S. Zhiltsov: Socioeconomic, Legal and Political Problems of the Black Sea.- A.N. Kosarev and A.G. Kostianoy: Conclusions
From the reviews: "The book presents a systematisation and description of the knowledge accumulated today, based on numerous observational data, collected by the authors of the chapters during sea and shore expeditions ! . This book addresses the specialists working in various fields of physical oceanography, marine chemistry, pollution studies, and biology and studying a cascade of problems ! . It may also be useful to students and post-graduates specialising in oceanographic research, as many unique processes occur in this extremely interesting basin." (International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 88 (9), August, 2008)