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Oceans : a visual guide

Author: S Hutchinson; Lawrence E Hawkins
Publisher: Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An illustrated guide to the world's oceans that discusses their formation, exploration, marine life, the human impact on them, conservation, and other related topics. Introduction: A famous oceanographer used to start his lectures on the oceans with the phrase, "The oceans are wide, deep, dark, cold and salty." He could have added that, although it constitutes 71 percent of Earth's surface, much of the vast ocean  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Ouvrages illustrés
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: S Hutchinson; Lawrence E Hawkins
ISBN: 9781554074273 1554074274
OCLC Number: 216940835
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 303 pages : chiefly color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The blue planet --
Exploring the oceans --
Ocean life --
Into the deep --
The fringes --
The human impact.
Responsibility: Stephen Hutchinson, Lawrence E. Hawkins.
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An illustrated guide to the world's oceans that discusses their formation, exploration, marine life, the human impact on them, conservation, and other related topics. Introduction: A famous oceanographer used to start his lectures on the oceans with the phrase, "The oceans are wide, deep, dark, cold and salty." He could have added that, although it constitutes 71 percent of Earth's surface, much of the vast ocean realm remains to he explored. The presence of liquid water on the surface of our planet is remarkable in itself, and it is Earth's unique position in the solar system and the unusual properties of liquid water that have transformed a hot, barren wilderness into the Blue Planet. The early oceans were the cradle of life on Earth and they still affect life on the planet, controlling weather patterns and major environmental cycles. Life in the oceans encompasses some of the smallest living organisms and the largest animals that have ever existed. Some are familiar from seaside holidays, sailing or diving, but beyond the low tide mark there is an abundance of marine plants and animals that are not so well known and whose biology is not fully understood. Our exploitation of the biological and mineral wealth of the oceans is exacting a toll on the health of the seas. Understanding how the oceans work and devising means to remedy problems are vital to ourselves and future generations. The latest technology is allowing scientists to explore ever-deeper and in greater detail, and may even result in the exploration of seas on other planets. Our journey through the ocean realms will take us from the shores to the deepest places on the surface of Earth.

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