Description

'Seawater' has been substantially updated in this second edition to take account of recent developments in marine science. Sections dealing with difficult physical and chemical concepts have been developed on the basis of feedback from the first edition, making this an ideal learning tool for oceanography students. Chapter 1 summarizes the special properties of water and the role of the oceans in the hydraulic cycle. The distribution of temperature and salinity in the oceans and how they influence water density and movements is then discussed. Light and sound in seawater are considered next, along with some uses of acoustics. These are followed by an examination of the composition and behaviour of dissolved constituents, including such topics as residence times, the control of pH, and redox relationships. Finally, the history of seawater and its role in global cycles is reviewed, with special reference to climatic change and the CO2 problem.

Readership

Open University Students and other students of oceanography worldwide.

Table of Contents

Water, air and ice; Temperature in the oceans; Salinity in the oceans; Density and pressure in the oceans; Light and sound in seawater; The seawater solution; Seawater and the global cycle; Suggested further reading; Answers and comments to questions.

Details

No. of pages:
166
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 1995
Published:
Imprint:
Butterworth-Heinemann
Print ISBN:
9780750637152
Electronic ISBN:
9780080540818

About the author

Open University

Affiliations and Expertise

Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK