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50 Years of Ocean Discovery: National Science Foundation, 1950-2000by National Research Council
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This book describes the development of ocean sciences over the past 50 years, highlighting the contributions of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the field's progress. Many of the individuals who participated in the exciting discoveries in biological oceanography, chemical oceanography, physical oceanography, and marine geology and geophysics describe in the book how the discoveries were made possible by combinations of insightful individuals, new technology, and in some cases, serendipity. In addition to describing the advance of ocean science, the book examines the institutional structures and technology that made the advances possible and presents visions of the field's future. This book is the first-ever documentation of the history of NSF's Division of Ocean Sciences, how the structure of the division evolved to its present form, and the individuals who have been responsible for ocean sciences at NSF as "rotators" and career staff over the past 50 years.
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From an October 1998 symposium held in Washington, DC, scientists and administrators recount research into fundamental processes in the sea such as circulation, plate tectonics, and the biochemical basis of marine life, which began in earnest during World War II. The 28 papers cover landmark achievements, creating institutions, large and small science programs, and ocean sciences today and tomorrow. There is no index.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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