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Oceanography: An Invitation to Marine Science


By: Tom S Garrison(Author), Robert Ellis(Author)

Cengage Learning

Paperback | Feb 2015 | Edition: 9 | #221142 | ISBN-13: 9781305105164
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Developed in partnership with the National Geographic Society, market-leading Oceanography: An Invitation To Marine Science, 9e gives you a basic understanding of the scientific questions, complexities, and uncertainties involved in ocean use – as well as the role and importance of the ocean in nurturing and sustaining life on Earth. Seasoned researchers Tom Garrison and Robert Ellis emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of marine science, stressing its links to biology, chemistry, geology, physics, meteorology, astronomy, ecology, history, and economics.

The book's focus on the science process includes numerous "How Do We Know?" boxes detailing the science behind how oceanographers know what they know. Coverage of climate change has been updated to reflect the latest findings. In addition, Chapter 14 "Primary Producers" includes expanded coverage of photosynthetic and chemosynthetic producers to help you understand the "big picture" in marine biology.

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1. The Origin of the Ocean
2. A History of Marine Science
3. Earth Structure and Plate Tectonics
4. Ocean Basins
5. Ocean Sediments
6. Water and Ocean Structure
7. Ocean Chemistry
8. Circulation of the Atmosphere
9. Circulation of the Ocean
10. Waves
11. Tides
12. Coasts
13. Life in the Ocean
14. Primary Producers
15. Marine Animals
16. Marine Communities
17. Marine Resources
18. The Ocean and the Environment

Appendix I: Measurements and Conversions
Appendix II: Geologic Time
Appendix III: Latitude and Longitude, Time, and Navigation
Appendix IV: Maps and Charts
Appendix V: The Beaufort Scale
Appendix VI: Taxonomic Classification of Marine Organisms
Appendix VII: Periodic Table of the Elements
Appendix VIII: Working in Marine Science

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Tom Garrison (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is emeritus professor of Marine Science at Orange Coast College (OCC) in Costa Mesa, California, one of the largest undergraduate marine science departments in the United States. Dr. Garrison also holds an adjunct professorship at the University of Southern California. He has been named the country's Outstanding Marine Educator by the National Marine Technology Society, is a founding member of COSEE, writes a regular column for the journal Oceanography, and has written for National Geographic magazine. He was a winner of the prestigious Salgo-Noren Foundation Award for Excellence in College Teaching. Dr. Garrison was an Emmy Award team participant as writer and science advisor for the PBS syndicated Oceanus television series, and writer and science advisor for The Endless Voyage, a set of television programs in oceanography completed in 2003. His widely used textbooks in oceanography and marine science are the college market's best sellers. In 2009, the faculty of OCC selected Dr. Garrison as the institution's first Distinguished Professor, and in 2010, he was honored by the Association of Community College Trustees as the outstanding community college professor in western North America. His interest in the ocean dates from his earliest memories. As he grew up with a U.S. Navy admiral as a dad, the subject was hard to avoid! He had the good fortune to meet great teachers who supported and encouraged this interest. Years as a midshipman and commissioned naval officer continued the marine emphasis; graduate school and 42 years of teaching has allowed him to pass his oceanic enthusiasm to more than 65 000 students. Although he retired from full-time professoring in 2011, he continues to bother OCC staff and students on a regular basis.

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