Marine science is the key to understanding the nature of planet Earth that we all call home. The articles in this volume have been carefully selected to provide a sound foundation and starting point for beginning the process of understanding Earth’s marine nature. The waters that cover more than 70 percent of the planet create a liquid realm that humans have known for as long as the human race has existed and yet understand so poorly. With Principles of Marine Science, readers will get a solid start and deeper understanding of this complex subject that affects much of our lives on Earth, from climate to pollution, to food supply. Entries provide in-depth examinations of more than 100 topics, many with illustrations, diagrams, and models.
Principles of Marine Science includes 135 entries arranged in A to Z order to help make finding a topic of interest easy. Entries related to basic principles and concepts include a list of the Fields of Study covered by the article; an Abstract that provides a brief, concrete summary of the topic and its significance; a list of Key Concepts with definitions, important to a proper understanding of the topic; and a detailed Essay that provides extensive background on the topic and explores its significance to the field of marine science; and a list of Further Reading for those who wish to pursue the topic in more depth.
Entries in Principles of Marine Science range from one to five pages in length. Topics discussed include:
This volume also includes several helpful appendixes, including:
- A Glossary that defines all the key specialized terms used throughout the book
- A comprehensive list of Further Reading, comprising all the works that the authors drew upon in writing their articles as well as subjects for further study
- A Subject Index, that offers multiple points of entry for the reader
With 135 essays, this new volume will give readers an overview of the major concepts and contemporary issues surrounding the study of marine science. Designed for students and researchers, this volume provides new ways to think about and study issues, policies, and practices in this field. This will be a helpful addition to science programs at the high school, community college, and university levels, and is a must for students with an interest in marine science at the high school and undergraduate levels.