Oceanography: An Invitation to Marine Science

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Cengage Learning, Sep 8, 2009 - Nature - 608 pages
The Seventh Edition of OCEANOGRAPHY: AN INVITATION TO MARINE SCIENCE maintains the author's enthusiasm for his subject and engaging writing style, which have made this text a trusted and effective favorite among non-science students. Tom Garrison brings focus and excitement to students' natural interest in the ocean by drawing on more than thirty years of teaching experience, as well as the extensive suggestions he collects from students while preparing each new edition. OCEANOGRAPHY provides a basic understanding of the scientific questions, complexities, and uncertainties involved in ocean use, as well as the role and importance of the ocean in nurturing and sustaining life on the planet. Garrison also emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of marine science, stressing its links to biology, chemistry, geology, physics, meteorology, astronomy, ecology, history, and economics. In addition to coverage of new research, the Seventh Edition features increased information on climate change, with icons throughout the book to help students easily identify and connect the many factors that affect the world's climate and oceans. An outstanding range of support resources, including many multimedia items, is also available to complement the text and make teaching and learning even more effective.
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About the author (2009)

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.

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