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Oceanography: An Invitation to Marine Science Hardcover – 31 Jul 2012

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  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: CENGAGE Learning Custom Publishing; 8th Revised edition edition (31 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1111990840
  • ISBN-13: 978-1111990848
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 23.5 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,939,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. Afterword. 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. Glossary. Credits. Index. --This text refers to the Loose Leaf edition.

About the Author

Tom Garrison (Ph.D., University of Southern California) was an inspiring professor of Marine Science for over 47 years at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California -- one of the largest undergraduate marine science departments in the United States. Dr. Garrison also held an adjunct professorship at the University of Southern California and won multiple teaching and education awards during his career. He was a founding member of the Consortium for Ocean Science Exploration and Engagement, wrote a regular column for the journal Oceanography, and enjoyed writing for National Geographic magazine. 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. His widely used textbooks in oceanography and marine science are the college market's best sellers, and 42 years of teaching allowed him to pass his oceanic enthusiasm to more than 65,000 students in his career.

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A wide-ranging overview of all major aspects of ocean science, covering geology, physics, chemistry, marine biology, ecology, and resource and environmental issues. The book is well-illustrated and explanations are clear and easy to follow, even for the more complicated science. There is a good glossary.

Inevitably in a book of this kind some topics are not treated in depth - notably marine biology and environmental issues: readers particularly interested in these may want to supplement the book with others more focused on those subjects. And there are one or two places where I felt the discussion could have benefited from more thorough updating. But as an overview of the whole field this book is superb, and will whet your appetite to explore further.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of story as well as history and great explanatory pictures 2 Mar. 2016
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Very well organized book! Lots of story as well as history and great explanatory pictures.
Just didn't care for the previous renters highlighting.
5.0 out of 5 stars it incorporates many elements of meteorology and geology and would make a great addition to the library of any non-academician i 30 Oct. 2016
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For a college text, this book is amazingly readable. Although the main topic is oceanography, it incorporates many elements of meteorology and geology and would make a great addition to the library of any non-academician interested in earth science.
4.0 out of 5 stars was in perfect condition! However 15 Jun. 2016
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Book came fast, was in perfect condition! However, instead of it being a soft cover, it was just all the pages of the book 3 hole-punched so had to put it in a binder- a little hard to flip back and forth... but otherwise, great!
5.0 out of 5 stars but all the nice pictures and color have to be paid for somehow ... 17 July 2016
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As far as book quality it's really top notch. Very pricy, but all the nice pictures and color have to be paid for somehow I suppose.
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 24 Aug. 2016
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Too much information and too spread out. It was hard to decipher the facts during quizzes and test.
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