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The Ocean Basins: Their Structure and Evolution (Oceanography)

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Publisher Comments:

This is an invaluable textbook, prepared by the Open University team and designed so that it can be read on its own or as part of the OU course. This second edition has been fully revised and updated including new colour illustrations increasing the striking spread of full colour diagrams throughout the book. The clarity of the text has been improved, providing comprehensive coverage of the evolution of ocean basins and their structure in a clear, concise manner aimed specifically at the student market.

In this second edition the technological advances in fields as diverse as:

- deep-towed instruments for `sniffing' hydrothermal plumes

- mapping the sea-floor by sophisticated sonar techniques

- three-dimensional imaging of crustal structure by seismic tomography

- the use of satellites for navigation, and for making precise measurements of the height of the sea-surface

The first chapters describe the processes that shape the ocean basins, determine the structure and composition of oceanic crust and control the major features of continental margins. How the 'hot springs' of the oceanic ridges cycle chemical elements between seawater and oceanic crust is then explored. Sediment distributions are examined next, to demonstrate how sediments can preserve a record of past climatic and sea-level changes. Finally, the role of the oceans as an integral part of global chemical changes is reviewed.

High quality full colour diagrams

Substantial chapter summaries ideal for revision

Answers, hints and notes for questions at back of the book

Synopsis:

This text is designed to be read on its own or as part of the OU course. The first chapters describe the processes that shape the ocean basins. Further chapters discuss: chemical cycling and sediment distribution; and the role of oceans in global chemical changes.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 161) and index.

Table of Contents

Introduction; The shape of ocean basins; The evolution of ocean basins; The structure and formation of oceanic lithosphere; Hydrothermal circulation in oceanic crust; Paleoceanography and sea-level changes; The broader picture; Suggested further reading; Answers and comments to questions

Product Details

ISBN:
9780750639835
Prepared:
Wright, John
Prepared:
Rothery, David A.
Prepared by:
Rothery, David A.
Prepared by:
Wright, John
Prepared:
Wright, John
Prepared:
Rothery, David A.
Other:
Open University
Author:
Wright, John
Author:
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Author:
Open University
Author:
Open Univ
Publisher:
Butterworth-Heinemann
Location:
Oxford, England
Subject:
Oceanography
Subject:
Geophysics
Subject:
Problems, exercises, etc.
Subject:
Submarine geology
Subject:
Paleoceanography.
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Oceanography
Subject:
Oceanography-General
Subject:
Education-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
2nd ed., reprinted with corrections /
Series:
Open University Oceanography
Series Volume:
1378-2
Publication Date:
January 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9.92 x 7.68 in

Related Subjects

Science and Mathematics » Geology » Geophysics
Science and Mathematics » Oceanography » General
Science and Mathematics » Physics

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"Synopsis" by , This text is designed to be read on its own or as part of the OU course. The first chapters describe the processes that shape the ocean basins. Further chapters discuss: chemical cycling and sediment distribution; and the role of oceans in global chemical changes.
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