Elements of Marine Ecology

4th Edition

Print ISBN: 9780750620888
eBook ISBN: 9780080505466
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 12th January 1998
Page Count: 448
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The broad definition of ecology is the study of organisms in relation to their surroundings. This book presents marine ecology as a coherent science, providing undergraduate students with an essential foundation of knowledge in the structure and functioning of marine ecosystems. The fourth edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to meet the needs of today's courses.

A new chapter 'Human impact on the marine environment' focuses on issues such as marine pollution, global warming, ocean management, marine nature reserves, and the effects of fisheries and aquaculture. New material has also been added on deep-sea hydrothermal vents and coral reefs, features such as El Nino, and ocean processes including the microbial loop, dissolved organic matter (DOM), and dimethyl sulphide (DMS).

Key Features

A highly accessible survey for undergraduate students A classic text completely revised and updated by a new author A new chapter covers the topical area of human impacts on the marine environment


Undergraduate students

Table of Contents

INCLUDE: Preface; Foreword; The oceans; Marine plankton; Measuring and sampling; The seawater habitat - physical and chemical conditions; Organic production in the sea; The sea bottom; Energetics of a marine ecosystem; The seashore; Sea fisheries; Human impact on the marine environment; Appendix 1: Topics for further study and class discussion; Appendix 2: Some laboratory exercises; Appendix 3: Some field course exercises, abundance scales, and a field course book list; Appendix 4: Marine stations and other organisations; Index.


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...it contains lots of useful and interesting information, which can be relied upon. The book covers al the oceans of the world and contains a comprehensive bibliography updated for the earlier editions. Recommended. Torpedo 28, Sept 1998 News Bulletin (British Marine Life Study Society)