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Invitation to Oceanography, Seventh Edition

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    ISBN: 9781284057072

Paul R. Pinet


Each new print copy includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access that unlocks a comprehensive and interactive eBook, student practice activities and assessments, a full suite of instructor resources, and learning analytics reporting tools.

The bestselling Invitation to Oceanography continues to provide a modern, comprehensive, and student-friendly introduction to this fascinating field. Spanning the four major divisions of ocean science—geology, chemistry, physics, and biology— it is an ideal text for majors and nonmajors alike. The Seventh Edition has been updated with sophisticated and cutting-edge graphics and photos throughout, and includes trending content on climate change, Superstorm/Hurricane Sandy, and the tsunami in Japan. Updated and expanded feature boxes reinforce key concepts and support knowledge building, and additional information on current research and the clinical and practical applications of oceanography contextualise scientific ideas within a real-world framework. Accessible yet substantive, Invitation to Oceanography, Seventh Edition is the ideal resource for anyone diving into the thrilling depths of the world’s oceans.

Features & Benefits

    Written in a conversational tone that is appealing to non-majors
    Emphasizes current research and real-world applications of key oceanographic concepts
    Contains fully updated and highly sophisticated graphics and images
    Includes new content on climate change, Superstorm/Hurricane Sandy, and the tsunami in Japan
    New and expanded feature boxes, including the Science by the Numbers box that teaches the art of ocean science computation, illuminate key concepts and offer readers additional thought-provoking information
    End-of-chapter Review Questions and Critical Thinking Essays assess student retention and comprehension of core concepts, while the Discovering with Numbers questions challenge students to apply calculations

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1  The Growth of Oceanography
Chapter 2  The Planet Oceanus
Chapter 3  The Origin of Ocean Basins
Chapter 4  Marine Sedimentation
Chapter 5  The Properties of Seawater
Chapter 6  Wind and Ocean Circulation
Chapter 7  Waves in the Ocean
Chapter 8  Tides
Chapter 9  Marine Ecology
Chapter 10  Biological Productivity in the Ocean
Chapter 11  The Dynamic Shoreline
Chapter 12  Coastal Habitats
Chapter 13  Ocean Habitats and Their Biota
Chapter 14  The Ocean’s Resources
Chapter 15  The Human Presence in the Ocean
Chapter 16  Global Climate Change and the Oceans

Paul R. Pinet, PhD-Colgate University

Paul Pinet teaches geology, oceanography, and environmental studies courses at Colgate University, located in central New York State.  He earned B.A. and M.S. degrees in geology from the University of New Hampshire and the University of Massachusetts, respectively, and a PhD in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island.  His research has been focused on the geology of continental margins, coastal bluff erosion, estuarine sedimentation, and more recently on the philosophical dimensions of deep time.  At the moment, he is developing long-term (millennia) conservation strategies for barrier islands in response to rising sea level and for mitigating the ongoing extinction event in New England and its ocean.  Pinet spent summers during much of his adult life either climbing mountains around the world or cruising on his small, gaff-headed catboat (Taillefer) off the New England coast.  Though an oceanographer, Pinet admits that he fears water more than high, avalanche-prone moutains.  At the moment, he is working on a book of essays entitled Shadowed by Deep Time.

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