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Oceanography: An Invitation to Marine Science (International Edition)

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Oceanography: An Invitation to Marine Science

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By: Tom S Garrison(Author)

608 pages, illustrations


Paperback | Aug 2012 | Edition: 8 | #199873 | ISBN-13: 9781111990855
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Cengage Learning in partnership with National Geographic Society brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools along with market leading text content for introductory oceanography courses. Oceanography: An Invitation To Marine Sciences, 8/e, International Edition, provides 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 the planet. Bestselling author Tom Garrison emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of marine science, stressing its links to biology, chemistry, geology, physics, meteorology, astronomy, ecology, history, and economics. Whether you use a traditional printed text or all digital Oceanography CourseMate alternative, it's never been easier to better understand the complexities involved in how we study and use the ocean.


1. Origins
2. History
3. Earth Structure and Plate Tectonics
4. Ocean Basins
5. 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. Plankton, Algae, and Plants
15. Marine Animals
16. Marine Communities
17. Marine Resources
18. Environmental Concerns

Appendix I: Measurements and Conversions
Appendix II: Geological Time
Appendix III: Absolute and Relative Dating
Appendix IV: Latitude and Longitude, Time, and Navigation
Appendix V: Maps and Charts
Appendix VI: The Beaufort Scale
Appendix VII: Calculating the Tide Generating Force
Appendix VIII: Taxonomic Classification of Marine Organisms
Appendix IX: Periodic Table of the Elements
Appendix X: Working in Marine Science

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Tom Garrison (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is emeritusa professor of Marine Science at Orange Coast College 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 member of the COSEE staff, writes a regular column for the journal Oceanography, and was a winner of the prestigious Salgo-Noren Foundation Award for Excellence in College Teaching as well as the University of Texas NISOD award for academic leadership. 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. He serves as a grants judge for the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. His widely used textbooks in oceanography and marine science have been the college market's best sellers for more than a decade. In 2009, the faculty of Orange Coast College selected Dr. Garrison as the institution's first Distinguished Professor, and The Association of Community College Trustees selected Dr. Garrison to win the United States and Canada's Pacific Region Award as top community college professor in 2010.

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