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Covering nearly three-quarters of our planet, the worldand#8217;s oceans are a vast and unique ecosystem from which all life on Earth originated. But each year the marine realm is more susceptible to harm by careless exploitation, and as demands for food, waste disposal, transport, and travel increase, the fate of the worldand#8217;s oceans hangs in the balance. This timely guide offers the nonscientist an opportunity to appreciate the importance of this expansiveand#8212;and fragileand#8212;frontier.

With selections chosen for their value in identifying the multiple uses of oceans, their resources, and the hurdles they face as the worldand#8217;s population continues to expand and consume their resources at a staggering rate, Oceans collects more than thirty thematically arranged articles from the past decade, including recent pieces written in the wake of the 2004 tsunami. The bookfeatures articles that investigate the origins of the worldand#8217;s oceans, the diversity of life in the water, the state of global fisheries, the dangers of natural disasters, and the perils oceans face, whether induced by nature or by humans.

With breadth of topics as wide as the ocean is deep, this Scientific American reader will engage general readers interested in the evolution, ecology, and conservation of the oceanic ecosystem and can be used in courses on introductory oceanography, environmental science, and marine biology.

About the Author

Scientific American, the premier general-interest science magazine, reports the most important developments in modern science, medicine, and technology to more than three million readers worldwide. The oldest continuously published magazine in the United States, it has been at the forefront of science for more than 150 years. Evolution: A Scientific American Reader, is also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Origins

Sculpting the Earth from the Inside Out

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Michael Gurnis

Large Igneous Provinces

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Millard F. Coffin and Olav Eldholm

Lifeand#8217;s Rocky Start

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Robert M. Hazen

When Methane Made Climate

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; James F. Kasting

Snowball Earth

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Paul F. Hoffman and Daniel P. Schrag

Looking for Life below the Bottom

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Sarah Simpson

and#160;

Marine Life

Life in the Ocean

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; James W. Nybakken and Steven K. Webster

The Oceanand#8217;s Invisible Forest

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Paul G. Falkowski

Light in the Oceanand#8217;s Midwaters

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Bruce H. Robison

Manatees

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Thomas J. Oand#8217;shea

Secrets of the Slime Hag

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Frederic H. Martini

Why Are Reef Fish So Colorful?

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Justin Marshall

and#160;

Fisheries

Counting the Last Fish

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Daniel Pauly and Reg Watson

The Worldand#8217;s Imperiled Fish

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Carl Safina

Shrimp Aquaculture and the Environment

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Claude E. Boyd and Jason W. Clay

The Evolution of Ocean Law

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Jon L. Jacobson and Alison Rieser

Fishy Business

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Sarah Simpson

Sharks Mean Business

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; R. Charles Anderson

Fishing the and#8220;Zoneand#8221; in Sri Lanka

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Anton Nonis

and#160;

Dangerous Waters

Giant Earthquakes of the Pacific Northwest

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Roy D. Hyndman

Tsunami!

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Frank I. Gonzand#225;lez

The Threat of Silent Earthquakes

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Peter Cerville

The Coming Climate

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Thomas R. Karl, Neville Nicholls and Jonathan Gregory

Tsunami: Wave of Change

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Eric L. Geist, Vasily V. Titov and Costas E. Synolakis

and#160;

The Oceans in Peril

Enriching the Sea to Death

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Scott W. Nixon

Red Tides

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Donald M. Anderson

Natural Oil Spills

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Ian R. MacDonald

Flammable Ice

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Erwin Suess, Gerhard Bohrmann, Jens Greinert and Erwin Lausch

Can We Bury Global Warming?

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Robert H. Socolow

Chaotic Climate

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Wallace S. Broecker

Defusing the Global Warming Time Bomb

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; James Hansen

Meltdown in the North

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Matthew Sturm, Donald K. Perovich and Mark C. Serreze

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226742625
Author:
Scientific American
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Oceanography
Subject:
Ocean
Subject:
Oceans & Seas
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - Marine Biology
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Oceanography
Subject:
Ecosystems & Habitats - Oceans & Seas
Subject:
Oceanography-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Scientific American Readers
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
64 halftones
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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