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Atlas of oceans : an ecological survey of underwater life

by Farndon, John,

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor Oversize q QH541.5.S3 F37 2011
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Second Floor Oversize
 
Call Number  q QH541.5.S3 F37 2011
 
 
Monroeville Public Library Non-fiction 551.46 FARNDON
Location  Monroeville Public Library
 
Collection  Non-fiction
 
Call Number  551.46 FARNDON
 
 
Summary

A vibrant journey through the Earth's oceans and a timely, important treatise on what must be done to save them

A tragedy is playing out beneath the surface of the world's bodies of marine waters, one that began long before the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Although many books have explored the environmental problems being faced on land, Atlas of Oceans is the first book for a general audience that examines how creatures of the marine environment are if anything more vulnerable than their land-based counterparts.

Readers are introduced to the dazzling, diverse array of creatures that inhabit the oceans and seas, and to the nature of the problems they face. Special features focus on the threats to particular animals, plants, and habitats, as well as on specific issues like overfishing, global warming, and pollution. The book also includes success stories, recommendations for what can be done to preserve ocean ecosystems, and a complete rundown of the most endangered species of marine life.

Beautifully illustrated, packed with maps and diagrams, and containing up-to-the-minute data on the status of endangered marine species, Atlas of Oceans is a celebration of Earth's vibrant and awe-inspiring oceans and seas and an urgent call to action to protect one of our planet's most vital resources.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Informative and engaging, Atlas of Oceans details the rich ecological diversity beneath the seas. The volume surveys, sometimes in summary fashion, undersea geology and life zones as well as individual oceans and seas. The author, a subject expert, notes the centrality of the oceans to climate, food supply, and biological diversity. However, human intrusion, such as underwater oil drilling and the dumping of millions of tons of refuse into the sea, poses a catastrophic threat. Following an introduction, three section. Ocean World: Rocks and Water. Ocean Life Zones, an. The World's Oceans and Sea. provide the organizational framework for 100 topically arranged entries, which are typically several pages in length. Given their popular tone, individual entries eschew references. Focus articles home in on ecological threats, habitat, life-forms, and global connections. For example, we learn that an increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere causes an increase in ocean acidity; alien species arriving as stowaways on ships make their presence felt in ecosystems around the world; the collection of plastic soup known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch may be as large as twice the size of the continental U.S. Appendixes include a listing of endangered marine species; a 3-page listing of books, magazines, organizations, and websites; and a 2-page glossary. A 12-page index provides subject access to the contents. Outstanding color photographs and authoritative, accessible text define the Atlas of Oceans, which is recommended for public and undergraduate libraries.--Cannon, Nanc. Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Marine ecology.
Ecological surveys.
Oceanography.
Publisher New Haven, CT :Yale University Press,2011
Edition 1st ed.
Other Titles Ecological survey of underwater life
Contributors Cousteau Society.
Language English
Notes "In consultation with The Cousteau Society."
Description 256 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-243) and index.
ISBN 9780300167504 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0300167504 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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