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Oceanography: An Invitation to Marine Science, 6th Edition

  • includes CengageNOW Printed Access Card
  • Tom S. Garrison Orange Coast College
  • ISBN-10: 0495112860  |  ISBN-13: 9780495112860
  • 608 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1996
  • © 2007 | Published
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This Sixth Edition of OCEANOGRAPHY conveys Garrison’s enthusiasm for oceanography to non-science students and concentrates on maximizing student learning. Garrison brings focus and excitement to students’ natural appreciation of the complexities of the ocean with integrated technology and a stunning visual program. Drawing on his more than thirty years of teaching experience, Garrison writes how students learn best: he is the only oceanography author to consistently consult students about each new edition and incorporate their suggestions, creating a dynamic, current student focus. He provides students with a basic understanding of the scientific questions, complexities, and uncertainties involved in ocean use and the role and importance of the ocean in nurturing and sustaining life on the planet. Also, with a feel for students’ excitement at discovering connections, Garrison emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of marine science, stressing its links to biology, chemistry, geology, physics, meteorology, astronomy, ecology, history, and economics. In support of this strong teaching approach is an outstanding teaching and learning package, including many multimedia resources available for both students and instructors.

Features and Benefits

  • "Questions From Students" at the end of each chapter ask and answer the most common questions that students have asked following a lecture. This feature provides students with answers to the questions that are most likely on their minds.
  • OCEANOGRAPHY emphasizes applications, connections, and interrelationships to other fields--demonstrating the integration of all sciences that exists in the study of oceanography.
  • Extensive coverage of physical oceanography provides a balance of physical and biological oceanography, most notably in the chapters on Plate Tectonics (Chapter 3), Continental Margins and Ocean Basins (Chapter 4), Sediments (Chapter 5), Circulation of the Ocean (Chapter 9), and Tides (Chapter 11).
  • Unique integration of satellite images through the text enhances the visual presentation of the material.
  • An emphasis on science as a process shows students the importance of the scientific process in all areas of study. This edition further underscores the difference between theory and law, as well as the circular nature of the scientific method (in which each advance in theory suggests new questions).
  • This edition can be bundled with custom modules on region-specific geology, or with natural hazards modules. Modules can be shrink-wrapped with the text, or bound in to the text.
  • Each chapter summary gives students a complete "Chapter in Perspective," a useful tool that contains a narrative review and a brief look ahead (providing continuity between chapters). Additionally, the text coaches students even more effectively by providing answers to the "Concept Check" questions interspersed within the chapter. Also included at the end of each chapter are critical thinking questions and analytical questions with a mathematical emphasis.
  • Our partners at Intelecom, developers of the Emmy award-winning OCEANUS telecourse, have just completed a new oceanography teleweb series, entitled THE ENDLESS VOYAGE. As with OCEANUS, THE ENDLESS VOYAGE series uses Garrison's OCEANOGRAPHY as the companion text. For students enrolled in the teleweb course, a TELECOURSE STUDY GUIDE is available to correlate reading selections from the 6th edition of OCEANOGRAPHY with THE ENDLESS VOYAGE video materials. Tom Garrison was a writer and the science advisor for the series.
  • The text's acclaimed seamless integration of Internet resources (including links to regional applications of chapter topics) has been enhanced with even more online interactive exercises and activities, while placing more emphasis on the Web site's interactive student features. Flash-animated figures from the text (called Active Figures) are designed to increase conceptual understanding through visualization (see CengageNOW below).
  • CengageNOW for Oceanography, the first assessment-driven and student-centered tutorial created for the oceanography market, is completely INTEGRATED with the text! This dynamic resource and the new edition were developed in concert to provide students with a seamless, integrated way to achieve concept mastery. As students read through the text, they will see icons directing them to the media-enhanced activities in CengageNOW. CengageNOW offers a pre- and post-assessment as well as a personalized study plan, focusing each student's study time on specific weaknesses. This flexible tutorial system enables students to experience oceanography in action.

Table of Contents

1. Knowing the Ocean World.
2. Origins.
3. Earth Structure and Plate Tectonics.
4. Continental Margins and Ocean Basins.
5. Sediments.
6. Water and Ocean Structure.
7. Ocean Chemistry.
8. Circulation of the Atmosphere.
9. Circulation of the Ocean.
10. Waves.
11. Tides.
12. Coasts.
13. Life in the Ocean.
14. Plankton, Algae, and Plants.
15. Marine Animals.
16. Marine Communities.
17. Marine Resources.
18. Environmental Concerns.
Appendix I. Measurements and Conversions.
Appendix II. Geological Time.
Appendix III. Latitude and Longitude, Time, and Navigation.
Appendix IV. Maps and Charts.
Appendix V. The Coriolis Effect.
Appendix VI. Taxonomic Classification of Marine Organisms.
Appendix VII. Calculating the Tide Generating Force.
Appendix VIII. Periodic Table of the Elements.
Appendix IX. The Beaufort Scale.
Appendix X. Working in Marine Science.

What's New

  • The completely expanded and updated media package for instructors includes a PowerLecture CD that contains animations, zoomable art figures, as well as progressing step-by-step artwork illustrating oceanographic processes. The PowerLecture CD cuts down on instructor prep time and makes lecture presentation more powerful and visual.
  • Every chapter contains new and updated illustrations and graphics, some of which are based on sources from GWAP (the Global Warming Art Project). The book’s new graphics enhance the visual appeal of the text, making it easier for students to grasp important concepts in marine science.
  • This new edition incorporates the latest current events and research--Garrison has revised every chapter in the book with statistics, graphics, data, and/or illustrations.
  • Chapter 3, "Earth Structure and Plate Tectonics," now offers more information on Earth’s magnetic field, its generation, and its cause.
  • In Chapter 6, "Water and Ocean Structure," there is new data on greenhouse warming and the acceleration of water cycling through the North Atlantic, as well as new graphics on world ocean temperature and salinity, with divisions by latitude.
  • In Chapter 8, a new chapter-opening vignette discusses Steve Fossett’s latest atmospheric adventure, and new research findings are included that windblown spray "lubricates" tropical cyclones by decoupling wind energy from ocean surface friction.
  • More information is now included in Chapter 17 on the unbalancing ecological effects of overfishing, as well as new information on energy, mariculture, and methane hydrates.
  • Throughout the book, new "Concept Checks" ask critical questions as they arise within the chapter. This not only engages students more in the material, but enhances their critical thinking skills.
  • Many changes have been motivated by reviewer suggestion. This includes adding historical context in the introduction to Chapter 9, and mentioning greenhouse gases and global warming in the discussion of the carbon cycle in Chapter 13.

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  • Paperbound Version

    ISBN-10: 0495113441 | ISBN-13: 9780495113447


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Instructor Supplements

WebTutor™ Advantage on WebCT™ Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495553034 | ISBN-13: 9780495553038)

Improve your grades with WebTutor™ online review and test prep tools.

WebTutor™ Advantage on Blackboard® Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495553069 | ISBN-13: 9780495553069)

Improve your grades with WebTutor™ online review and test prep tools.

ExamView® (Windows/Macintosh)  (ISBN-10: 049519073X | ISBN-13: 9780495190738)

Create, deliver, and customize tests and study guides (both print and online) in minutes with this easy-to-use assessment and tutorial system.

Multimedia Manager  (ISBN-10: 0495190721 | ISBN-13: 9780495190721)

A complete all in one reference for instructors, the PowerLecture CD contains PowerPoint slides of images from the text, stepped art from the text, zoomable art figures from the text, and Active Figures that interactively demonstrate concepts. In addition to providing you with fantastic course presentation material, the PowerLecture CD also contains electronic files of the Test Bank and Instructor’s Manual. This resource is available at no additional charge to qualified adopters.

Online Instructor’s Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 0495190748 | ISBN-13: 9780495190745)

Premium Resource Center Instant Access Code for Oceanography  (ISBN-10: 0495605646 | ISBN-13: 9780495605645)

This password-protected website features an array of interactive maps, animations, and other Oceanography-related resources to complement your students’ experience with Oceanography.

Student Supplements

WebTutor™ Advantage on WebCT™ Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495553034 | ISBN-13: 9780495553038)

Improve your grades with WebTutor™ online review and test prep tools.

Study Guide Endless Voyage Telecourse  (ISBN-10: 0495190705 | ISBN-13: 9780495190707)

This Study Guide accompanies the Endless Voyage telecourse. Tom Garrison is a writer and science advisor for The Endless Voyage telecourse series.

WebTutor™ Advantage on Blackboard® Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495553069 | ISBN-13: 9780495553069)

Improve your grades with WebTutor™ online review and test prep tools.

Premium Resource Center Instant Access Code for Oceanography  (ISBN-10: 0495605646 | ISBN-13: 9780495605645)

This password-protected website features an array of interactive maps, animations, and other Oceanography-related resources to complement your experience with Oceanography.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Tom S. Garrison

Tom Garrison (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is emeritus professor of Marine Science at Orange Coast College (OCC) in Costa Mesa, California, one of the largest undergraduate marine science departments in the United States. Dr. Garrison also holds an adjunct professorship at the University of Southern California. He has been named the country’s Outstanding Marine Educator by the National Marine Technology Society, is a founding member of COSEE, writes a regular column for the journal Oceanography, and has written for National Geographic magazine. He was a winner of the prestigious Salgo-Noren Foundation Award for Excellence in College Teaching. Dr. Garrison was an Emmy Award team participant as writer and science advisor for the PBS syndicated Oceanus television series, and writer and science advisor for The Endless Voyage, a set of television programs in oceanography completed in 2003. His widely used textbooks in oceanography and marine science are the college market’s best sellers. In 2009, the faculty of OCC selected Dr. Garrison as the institution’s first Distinguished Professor, and in 2010, he was honored by the Association of Community College Trustees as the outstanding community college professor in western North America. His interest in the ocean dates from his earliest memories. As he grew up with a U.S. Navy admiral as a dad, the subject was hard to avoid! He had the good fortune to meet great teachers who supported and encouraged this interest. Years as a midshipman and commissioned naval officer continued the marine emphasis; graduate school and 421 years of teaching has allowed him to pass his oceanic enthusiasm to more than 65,000 students. Although he retired from full-time professoring in 2011, he continues to bother OCC staff and students on a regular basis.