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Invitation to Oceanography + Navigate 2 Advantage Access, 8th Edition

  • Paul Pinet
  • ISBN-10: 1284164691
  • ISBN-13: 9781284164695
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2021 Published
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About the Product

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 Eighth Edition features new photos and illustrations as well updated graphs and tables with the most recent data, and includes updated and expanded information on plastic pollution, future discoveries and the future of oceans due to climate change. 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 contextualize scientific ideas within a real-world framework. Accessible yet substantive, Invitation to Oceanography, Eighth Edition is the ideal resource for anyone diving into the thrilling depths of the world’s oceans. Each new print copy includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access that unlocks the complete and interactive eBook, student practice activities and assessments, a full suite of instructor resources, and learning analytics reporting tools.


  • Introduces Complexity Theory a recent approach in science attempts to understand the cross-scale complexity of Earth’s ocean systems

  • Includes case studies on the erosion of barrier islands, the pollution of estuaries, the collapse of fisheries, the bleaching of coral reefs, rising sea levels, and climate change

  • Considers the ocean’s resources, the human presence in the ocean, and global climate change and the ocean

  • Over 40 new photographs

  • Updated tables and graphs on sea surface temperatures, fish catches, sea-level rise, pollution, and more

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