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How the Ocean Works: An Introduction to Oceanography

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The world's oceans account for roughly 71 percent of the planet's surface and 99 percent of its livable volume. Any study of this huge habitat requires a solid foundation in the principles that underlie marine biology and physical and chemical oceanography, yet until now undergraduate textbooks have largely presented compilations of facts rather than explanations of principles. How the Ocean Works fills this gap, providing a concise and accessible college-level introduction to marine science that is also ideal for general readers.

How are winds and currents driven? What is the dilemma of the two-layered ocean? Mark Denny explains key concepts like these in rich and fascinating detail. He explores early scientific knowledge of oceans, photosynthesis, trophic interactions and energy flow, and the impacts of human activities on marine and atmospheric systems. Focusing each chapter on a major topic and carefully explaining the principles and theory involved, Denny gives readers the conceptual building blocks needed to develop a coherent picture of the living ocean. How the Ocean Works is an indispensable resource that teaches readers how to think about the ocean: its biology, mechanics, and conservation.

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"An elegant presentation of how the ocean works. Denny's purpose is to review a selection of oceanographic topics to provide a background for considering such current public issues as climate change and marine fisheries. Accessible and enjoyable reading, and the scholarship is very sound."--Nicholas D. Holland, University of California, San Diego

"A well-written, coherent, interesting introductory text for teaching oceanography. The vast majority of the books on the market are full of glitz and relatively little else, and there is a great need for a book of this type."--Carol Arnosti, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Synopsis:

The world's oceans account for roughly 71 percent of the planet's surface and 99 percent of its livable volume. Any study of this huge habitat requires a solid foundation in the principles that underlie marine biology and physical and chemical oceanography, yet until now undergraduate textbooks have largely presented compilations of facts rather than explanations of principles. How the Ocean Works fills this gap, providing a concise and accessible college-level introduction to marine science that is also ideal for general readers.

How are winds and currents driven? What is the dilemma of the two-layered ocean? Mark Denny explains key concepts like these in rich and fascinating detail. He explores early scientific knowledge of oceans, photosynthesis, trophic interactions and energy flow, and the impacts of human activities on marine and atmospheric systems. Focusing each chapter on a major topic and carefully explaining the principles and theory involved, Denny gives readers the conceptual building blocks needed to develop a coherent picture of the living ocean. How the Ocean Works is an indispensable resource that teaches readers how to think about the ocean--its biology, mechanics, and conservation.

  • Provides a concise, up-to-date introduction to marine science
  • Develops the conceptual basis needed to understand how the ocean works
  • Explains fundamental principles and theory
  • Includes color illustrations and informative diagrams
  • Serves as a college textbook and a reference for general readers

About the Author

Mark Denny is the John B. and Jean DeNault Professor of Marine Sciences at Stanford University. His books include "Chance in Biology" and "Air and Water" (both Princeton).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

List of Tables xiii

Preface xv

Chapter 1: Discovering the Oceans 1

Chapter 2: Ocean Basins 33

Chapter 3: Seawater 54

Chapter 4: Photosynthesis and Primary Production 68

Chapter 5: The Flow of Energy, Carbon, and Nutrients 106

Chapter 6: The Dilemma of the Two-Layered Ocean 145

Chapter 7: The Coriolis Effect and Its Consequences 173

Chapter 8: Winds and Currents 204

Chapter 9: Solutions to the Dilemma 233

Chapter 10: Complexity: Carbon, Iron, and the Atmosphere 251

Chapter 11: Fisheries 276

Chapter 12: An Invitation 299

Index 305

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691126470
Author:
Denny, Mark
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
Oceanography
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Oceanography
Subject:
Oceans & Seas
Subject:
Earth Sciences
Subject:
Biological Sciences.
Subject:
Oceanography-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
April 2008
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
148 color illus. 7 tables.
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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"Synopsis" by ,

"An elegant presentation of how the ocean works. Denny's purpose is to review a selection of oceanographic topics to provide a background for considering such current public issues as climate change and marine fisheries. Accessible and enjoyable reading, and the scholarship is very sound."--Nicholas D. Holland, University of California, San Diego

"A well-written, coherent, interesting introductory text for teaching oceanography. The vast majority of the books on the market are full of glitz and relatively little else, and there is a great need for a book of this type."--Carol Arnosti, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

"Synopsis" by ,

The world's oceans account for roughly 71 percent of the planet's surface and 99 percent of its livable volume. Any study of this huge habitat requires a solid foundation in the principles that underlie marine biology and physical and chemical oceanography, yet until now undergraduate textbooks have largely presented compilations of facts rather than explanations of principles. How the Ocean Works fills this gap, providing a concise and accessible college-level introduction to marine science that is also ideal for general readers.

How are winds and currents driven? What is the dilemma of the two-layered ocean? Mark Denny explains key concepts like these in rich and fascinating detail. He explores early scientific knowledge of oceans, photosynthesis, trophic interactions and energy flow, and the impacts of human activities on marine and atmospheric systems. Focusing each chapter on a major topic and carefully explaining the principles and theory involved, Denny gives readers the conceptual building blocks needed to develop a coherent picture of the living ocean. How the Ocean Works is an indispensable resource that teaches readers how to think about the ocean--its biology, mechanics, and conservation.

  • Provides a concise, up-to-date introduction to marine science
  • Develops the conceptual basis needed to understand how the ocean works
  • Explains fundamental principles and theory
  • Includes color illustrations and informative diagrams
  • Serves as a college textbook and a reference for general readers

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