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Ocean [Hardcover]

Robert Dinwiddie , Philip Eales , Sue Scott , Michael M. Scott , Kim Bryan , David Burnie , Dr. Frances Dipper , Richard Beatty , Fabien Cousteau
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5 Oct 2006
Explore the last wilderness left on Earth. From mangrove swamp to ocean floor, mollusc to manatee, Atlantic Conveyer to Hurricane Katrina, unravel the mysteries of the sea. Marvel at the oceans' power and importance to our planet - as the birthplace of life on Earth, a crucial element of our climate, and as a vital but increasingly fragile resource for humans. You will discover every aspect - from the geology of the sea floor and the interaction between the ocean's and atmosphere - to the extraordinary diversity of marine life. Dive in for an awe-inspiring view of a world few of us have experienced. A beautiful visual essay celebrates the drama of the sea, while stunning illustrations and the latest satellite-derived maps explain and illuminate each natural process and phenomena. It includes an inspiring introduction by Fabien Cousteau, grandson of Jacques. Dramatic, thought-provoking, and revealing, "Ocean" shines a bright and revealing spotlight into the depths of the last wilderness on our planet.

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd; First Edition edition (5 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405312920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405312929
  • Product Dimensions: 30.4 x 25.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 553,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Dinwiddie specialises in writing or contributing to educational illustrated books on scientific topics. His particular areas of interest include Earth and Ocean Science, Astronomy, Cosmology, and the History of Science. In the past he has also been involved in IT and medical publishing.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best 10 Nov 2006
I own every book in this series -- Animal, Plant, Earth, Human, and Universe -- and was perplexed why there wasn't an Ocean. When this came out, I was thrilled and nabbed it asap. As usual, the photos are stunning, and Ocean focuses on life at all scales, from microscopic plankton to whales. The multicolored crustaceans and deep-sea bioluminescents are my favorites. I think this is my favorite book in the DK series. No, wait -- Universe is. No -- Ocean. Definitely Ocean.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a fantastic book for anyone with even a slight interest in the ocean. It is filled with information and colourful yet relevant photographs!

It is split into 4 main sections, each of which are further divided into topics -

- Ocean Water (Includes info on properties of water)
- Ocean Geology (Origin of and evolution of the earth and the oceans)
- Circulation and Climate (Info on winds, currents, climate etc)
- Tides and Waves (Ocean waves and tides)

- Coasts and the seashore (formation of coasts, processes involved)
- Shallow Seas (features of rocky sea beds, kelp forests, coral reefs)
- The Open ocean and Ocean floor (features of the ocean, zones, geology, human exploration etc)
- The Polar Oceans (structure of ice shelves, icebergs, water circulation)

- Introduction to the Ocean Life (classification, history, zones of ocean life)
- Kingdoms of Ocean Life (examples of ocean life from bacteria to fish to mammals, photos and details on specific species)

ATLAS OF THE OCEANS (detailed maps of the five oceans that seperate the major landmasses of the world, additional photos of other features of that area)
- Oceans of the World
- The Arctic Ocean
- The Atlantic Ocean
- The Indian Ocean
- The Pacific Ocean
- The Southern Ocean

Each chapter is really easy to read. It is detailed yet broken up into small sections so it can easily be picked up and read at any point. I think that anyone who has an interest in the ocean would love this book. There are so many different things to learn about the ocean and this book really is a good introduction for anyone who wants to learn more. The price is fantastic value for the quality and volume of the content and I would urge you to get yourself a copy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, Fabulous, Informative and Fabulous 12 Jun 2009
By Mum
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I bought this book to learn a little more about the ocean and its ecosystems so that I could keep up with my own teenagers! I was totally impressed from the word go. The photographs are fantastic but the book is so usefully divided up into manageable sections that once I start to read a section I can't put it down. Packed with valuable information, this is much more than just a coffee table picture book. A great resource for students and parents alike.
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4.0 out of 5 stars oceans 8 Jan 2009
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If you have an interest in oceans this is the only book you will ever need.Itis very well written and illustrated-particularly the denizens of the deep.In addition to the author thereis one consultant and 9 contributors listed.
The book is divided into various sections as follows a)introduction covering ocean water,geology,circulation and climate,and tides and waves b)the ocean environment dealing with coasts and seashores,shallow seas,the open ocean and sea floor and polar oceans. c)ocean life covering classification,bottom living,migration,and history plus 7 other matters,but the main part is devoted to ocean inhabitants both plants and animals including bacteria and protozoa d)the final section is an atlas of the oceans.
There is an excellent glossary
This book has the failings of all DK pictorial publications in that the best pictures cover two pages completely destroying the image.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine book an atlas of the ocean 17 Sep 2008
By Robinho
500 stunning pages full of pictures, illustrations and diagrams covering different oceans, ocean habitats, marine plants and animals, ocean geology, currents, etc. Ideal for homework, reference or just plain interest. A lovely book for the study or coffee table
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