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An Introduction to the World's Oceans, 10/e
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An Introduction to the World's Oceans, 10/e

Keith A. Sverdrup, University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee
E. Virginia Armbrust, University of Washington


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Chapter 1: The History of Oceanography
Chapter 2: The Water Planet
Chapter 3: Plate Tectonics
Chapter 4: The Sea Floor and Its Sediments
Chapter 5: The Physical Properties of Water
Chapter 6: The Chemistry of Seawater
Chapter 7: The Structure and Motion of the Atmosphere
Chapter 8: Circulation and Ocean Structure
Chapter 9: The Surface Currents
Chapter 10: The Waves
Chapter 11: The Tides
Chapter 12: Coasts, Beaches, and Estuaries
Chapter 13: Environmental Issues and Concerns
Chapter 14: The Living Ocean
Chapter 15: Production and Life
Chapter 16: The Plankton: Drifters of the Open Ocean
Chapter 17: The Nekton: Free Swimmers of the Sea
Chapter 18: The Benthos: Dwellers of the Sea Floor
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An Introduction to the World's Oceans, Tenth Edition, is an introductory oceanography text intended for students without a background in mathematics, chemistry, physics, geology, or biology. It emphasizes the role of basic scientific principles in helping understand the processes that govern the ocean and the earth. To keep the text as current as possible, the authors conduct their own research and examine other findings such as analyzing satellite data and large-scale oceanographic programs. From this vast amount of data, they select interesting, relevant, and understandable examples that illustrate contemporary principles of oceanography.

An Introduction to the World's Oceans places greater emphasis on the physical and geological aspects of the oceans than on the chemical and geochemical properties, because the latter disciplines require more specific background knowledge. An ecological approach helps integrate the biological chapters with other subjects. Students are encouraged to look at oceanography as a cohesive and united discipline rather than a collection of subjects gathered under a marine umbrella. As with all previous editions, the authors continue to make each chapter stand as independently as possible, so that professors can assign chapters in the order that best suits their classrooms.