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Oceansby Ellen J Prager
Synopses & Reviews
"[An] absorbing survey of oceanography . . . [this] elegant study is an excellent resource."Publishers Weekly
A fascinating examination of the earth's oceans
This exhaustive overview of oceanography captures the excitement of discovery in the making. The Oceans opens up the world of ocean science to the general reader and raises significant questions about the future of the ancient, nurturing ocean itself.
The oceans cover more than 70 percent of the globe, yet less than 5 percent of that expanse has been explored. But, as Drs. Prager and Earle show in this vivid survey of ocean research, our knowledge is suddenly accelerating: various dives, soundings, computer analyses, and other probes are uncovering amazing facts about the 142 million square miles beneath the seas.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 299-305) and index.
About the Author
Ellen J. Prager, Ph.D., (Miami, FL) formerly with the U.S. Geological Survey, is a fellow of the Explorers Club. Well published in both scientific journals and general-interest magazines, she recently edited the book Furious Earth. Sylvia A. Earle, Ph.D., (Oakland, CA) named a "Hero of the Planet" by Time, is currently chair of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research as well as Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. She was the first woman to serve as chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Table of Contents
Oceans of the past. Evolution's drama ; The earth and the ocean are born ; Life begins ; The paleozoic era: life blooms in the sea ; The mesozoic era: a midlife crisis ; The cenozoic era: modern life — The seas of today. The science of the sea begins ; The physical and chemical ocean ; Oceans and climate ; The geological ocean ; The biological ocean ; A once-bountiful sea — Waves of the future. Frontiers of ocean science ; Looking back to look ahead / Sylvia A. Earle.
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