Introduction to Ocean Sciences

Critical Concepts

The Critical Concepts are the backbone of Introduction to Ocean Sciences—they are the ideas and processes which are fundamental to the understanding of the science in this text.
In your textbook, each Critical Concept includes Essential to Know points that you need to know to be able to apply the concept. You can print out Essential to Know cards here for quick review as you read or to study for tests. You can also study each concept in more depth by reading the Understanding the Concept sections of each Critical Concept in your book

CC.1 Density and Layering in Fluids
CC.2 Isostasy, Eustasy, and Sea Level
CC.3 Convection and Convection Cells
CC.4 Particle Size, Sinking, Deposition, and Resuspension
CC.5 Transfer and Storage of Heat by Water
CC.6 Salinity, Temperature, Pressure, and Water Density
CC.7 Radioactivity and Age Dating
CC.8 Residence Time
CC.9 The Global Greenhouse Effect
CC.10 Modeling
CC.11 Chaos
CC.12 The Coriolis Effect
CC.13 Geostrophic Flow
CC.14 Photosynthesis, Light, and Nutrients
CC.15 Food Chain Efficiency
CC.16 Maximum Sustainable Yield
CC.17 Species Diversity and Biodiversity
CC.18 Toxicity



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