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Covers the geological, physical, and biological aspects of the ocean.
Preface. The ocean in perspective. The origin of the earth, ocean, and life. Obtaining information about the ocean basins. Ocean basins and sediments. Plate tectonics. Margins of the continents. The chemical properties of water. The physical properties of seawater. Climate and the ocean. Ocean circulation. Waves. Tides. Coastal processes and estuaries. Life in the sea: bacteria, protists, plants, and the invertebrates. Life in the sea: vertebrates. The distribution and abundance of life in the sea. Polar oceanography. Marine resources and ocean technology. Ocean pollution and management. Appendices: Latitude and longitude. Time and the date line. Scientific notation. Constants and equations. Supplementary topics to chapter 8. The Coriolis effect. Geologic time scale. The US coastline. A classification of living organisms. Glossary. Index.