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Essentials of Oceanography 8th Edition

Tom S. Garrison | Robert Ellis

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ESSENTIALS OF OCEANOGRAPHY, 8TH EDITION provides a basic understanding of the complexities and uncertainties in ocean use and the importance of oceans in nurturing and sustaining life. Streamlined to remove nonessential technical details so students can focus on content without interruptions to the narrative, this edition's slimmer table of contents allows you to cover one chapter a week with extra time in the semester. Using exclusive content from the National Geographic Society, this edition illustrates the complexity and beauty of the ocean. Bestselling authors Tom Garrison and Robert Ellis depict the interdisciplinary nature of marine science with the most dynamic introduction to oceanography available. A MindTap® option is available.

Tom S. Garrison, Orange Coast College

Tom Garrison (Ph.D., University of Southern California) was an inspiring professor of Marine Science for over 47 years at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California -- one of the largest undergraduate marine science departments in the United States. Dr. Garrison also held an adjunct professorship at the University of Southern California and won multiple teaching and education awards during his career. He was a founding member of the Consortium for Ocean Science Exploration and Engagement, wrote a regular column for the journal Oceanography, and enjoyed writing for National Geographic magazine. 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. His widely used textbooks in oceanography and marine science are the college market's best sellers, and 42 years of teaching allowed him to pass his oceanic enthusiasm to more than 65,000 students in his career.

Robert Ellis, Orange Coast College

Robert Ellis (M.E.S.M., University of California, Santa Barbara) has been teaching marine, earth, and environmental science courses in both the classroom and in the field since 2000. He currently serves as Assistant Professor in the Marine Science Department at Orange Coast College (OCC) in Southern California and Director of the OCC Public Aquarium. When not on campus, Professor Ellis often helps to develop and teach international field courses in marine science and management in various parts of the Caribbean, Central America, and the South Pacific. His graduate work focused on Marine Resource Management at UC Santa Barbara, and he has participated in and managed research projects and educational programs in many parts of the world. He hopes to have the good fortune to continue to travel and explore the world with his wife, Katie; son, Kalen; and daughter, Abigail.

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  • Global Geoscience Watch: Updated several times a day, the Global Geoscience Watch is a focused portal into GREENR, our Global Reference on the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources. It's an ideal site for classroom discussion and research projects for all things geoscience. Broken into the four key course areas --Geography, Geology, Meteorology, and Oceanography -- you and your students will have access to the latest information from trusted media outlets. You also will receive access to statistics, primary sources, case studies, podcasts, and much more!
  • ESSENTIALS OF OCEANOGRAPHY, Eighth Edition, continues to emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of marine science, stressing its connections with astronomy, physics, chemistry, meteorology, geology, biology, ecology, history, and economics. Using an engaging writing style, authors Tom Garrison and Robert Ellis help students gain "an oceanic perspective" in which water, continents, seafloors, sunlight, storms, seaweeds, and society are connected in beautiful ways.
  • Global climate change is integrated throughout this text.
  • Each chapter of the book includes a fully integrated learning system. A preview of 4-6 key concepts begins each chapter, a chapter summary helps students crystallize what they have learned, and Study Questions help them apply what they have learned.

Essentials of Oceanography


1. An Ocean World.
2. Plate Tectonics.
3. The Ocean Floor.
4. Water and Ocean Structure.
5. Atmospheric Circulation.
6. Ocean Circulation.
7. Waves and Tides.
8. Coasts.
9. Life in the Ocean.
10. Marine Communities.
11. Uses and Abuses of the Ocean.
Appendix I Measurements and Conversions.
Appendix II Geological Time.
Appendix III Absolute and Relative Dating.
Appendix IV Maps and Charts.
Appendix V Latitude and Longitude, Time, and Navigation.
Appendix VI The Law of the Sea Governs Marine Resource Allocation.
Appendix VII Working in Marine Science.

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