Introduction to Ocean Sciences

Feature Index

  1. The Ocean Planet
  2. History and Challenges of Ocean Studies
  3. Studying the Oceans
  4. Plate Tectonics: Evolution of the Ocean Floor
  5. Plate Tectonics: History and Evidence
  6. Water and Seawater
  7. Physical Properties of Water and Seawater
  8. Ocean Sediments
  9. Ocean–Atmosphere Interactions
  10. Ocean Circulation
  11. Waves
  12. Tides
  13. Coasts
  14. Foundations of Life in the Oceans
  15. Coastal Oceans and Estuaries
  16. Marine Ecology
  17. Ocean Ecosystems
  18. Ocean Resources and Impacts of Their Use
  19. Pollution


Critical Concepts:

CC1      Density and Layering in Fluids
CC2      Isostasy, Eustasy, and Sea Level
CC3      Convection and Convection Cells
CC4      Particle Size, Sinking, Deposition, and Resuspension      
CC5      Transfer and Storage of Heat by Water    
CC6      Salinity, Temperature, Pressure, and Water Density
CC7      Radioactivity and Age Dating
CC8      Residence Time
CC9      The Global Greenhouse Effect
CC10    Modeling
CC11    Chaos  
CC12    The Coriolis Effect
CC13    Geostrophic Flow
CC14    Photosynthesis, Light, and Nutrients      
CC15    Food Chain Efficiency    
CC16    Maximum Sustainable Yield       
CC17    Species Diversity and Biodiversity
CC18    Toxicity

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