10th Edition

Tom S. Garrison, Robert Ellis

ISBN-13: 9780357452752
Copyright 2022 | Published
720 pages | List Price: USD $142.95

Developed in partnership with the National Geographic Society, OCEANOGRAPHY: AN INVITATION TO MARINE SCIENCE, 10th edition gives you a basic understanding of the complexities and uncertainties involved in ocean use as well as its role in sustaining life on Earth. Thoroughly updated with the latest findings from the field, the text includes new coverage of important issues such as climate change. Emphasizing the science process throughout, it helps you see how concepts from other scientific fields relate to topics in oceanography. Co-author Robert Ellis draws from his experience managing research projects and educational programs throughout the world, and a diverse group of National Geographic Explorers share their unique insights on key concepts. In addition, MindTap equips you with a wealth of anywhere, anytime digital learning solutions.


1. The Origin of the Ocean.
2. A History of Marine Science.
3. Earth Structure and Plate Tectonics.
4. Ocean Basins.
5. Sediments.
6. Water and Ocean Structure.
7. Ocean Chemistry.
8. Circulation of the Atmosphere.
9. Circulation of the Ocean.
10. Waves.
11. Tides.
12. Coasts.
13. Life in the Ocean.
14. Primary Producers.
15. Marine Animals.
16. Marine Communities.
17. Marine Resources.
18. The Ocean and the Environment.
Appendix 1. Measurements and Conversions.
Appendix 2. Geologic Time.
Appendix 3. Latitude and Longitude, Time, and Navigation.
Appendix 4. Maps and Charts.
Appendix 5. The Beaufort Scale.
Appendix 6. Taxonomic Classification of Marine Organisms.
Appendix 7. Periodic Table of the Elements.
Appendix 8. Working in Marine Science.
Appendix 9. The World Ocean Seafloor.

  • Tom S. Garrison

    Tom Garrison (Ph.D., University of Southern California) was an inspiring professor of marine science for over 47 years at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California -- one of the largest undergraduate marine science departments in the United States. Dr. Garrison also held an adjunct professorship at the University of Southern California and won multiple teaching and education awards during his career. A founding member of the Consortium for Ocean Science Exploration and Engagement, he wrote a regular column for the journal OCEANOGRAPHY and enjoyed writing for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine. Dr. Garrison was an Emmy Award team participant as writer and science adviser for the PBS syndicated "Oceanus" television series as well as a writer and science adviser for "The Endless Voyage" -- a set of TV programs on oceanography. His widely used textbooks in oceanography and marine science are college market bestsellers, and 42 years of teaching allowed him to pass his oceanic enthusiasm to more than 65,000 students.

  • Robert Ellis

    Robert Ellis (M.E.S.M., University of California, Santa Barbara) has been teaching marine, earth and environmental science courses in both the classroom and the field since 2000. He serves as associate professor in the marine science department at Orange Coast College in Southern California and director of the OCC Public Aquarium. When not on campus, Professor Ellis often helps to develop and teach international field courses in marine science and management in various parts of the Caribbean, Central America and the South Pacific. His graduate work focused on marine resource management at UC Santa Barbara, and he has participated in and managed research projects and educational programs in many parts of the world. He and wife Katie have two wonderful kids, Kalen and Abigail.

  • Thoroughly updated, Garrison/Ellis' OCEANOGRAPHY: AN INVITATION TO MARINE SCIENCE, 10e reflects the latest research, developments and practices from the field and emphasizes the science process throughout.

  • Want to know what the "Hot Tub of Despair" is and how it intersects with oceanography and other sciences? New "Interdisciplinary Connections" profile specific issues that make it easy for readers to appreciate how concepts from many scientific fields are essential to understanding some of the most important topics in oceanography.

  • All-new chapter Learning Objectives have guided the revision, resulting in a more complete educational resource that focuses on the concepts that are crucial to understanding the material presented in each chapter.

  • Nearly 250 figures have been added or revised. Many using additional National Geographic resources to produce a more visually appealing presentation that truly engages students. In addition, a diverse new group of National Geographic Explorers offer their insights on core concepts throughout the text. All chapters have been updated with the latest findings in the field, and many sections of the text have been expanded based on instructor reviews.

  • "Is global warming real?" This hot button issue is more than a top Google search -- it's scientific! Global climate change coverage has been updated and continues to be incorporated as a theme throughout, linking current and relevant information that affects all of our lives to chapter concepts. Icons in chapter outlines and the text spotlight where global climate change topics are covered and also help students make connections to overall chapter content.

  • Answers to "Concept Check" questions, critical-thinking questions, and analytical questions with a mathematical emphasis are interspersed throughout the chapter to help students review the material, prepare for exams and maximize their course success.

  • Emphasizing applications, connections and relationships to other fields, the text demonstrates the integration of sciences that exists in the study of oceanography and provides a balance of physical and biological oceanography.

  • Integrating the theme of science as a process, the text underscores the difference between theory and law and explores the circular nature of the scientific method, in which each advance in theory suggests new questions to consider. "How Do We Know?" boxes in selected chapters describe the science process behind how oceanographers know what they know about the ocean, while "Interdisciplinary Connections" features help students relate concepts from other scientific fields to oceanography.

  • "Why does alcohol make my hand feel colder than water?" At the end of each chapter, "Questions from Students" answer the most common questions that students have about each topic, making it easier for instructors to anticipate and address student needs and for students to absorb and master the material.

  • Providing continuity between chapters, each chapter summary includes a complete "Chapter in Perspective" feature that offers a snackable, easy to read narrative review as well as a brief preview of what's ahead.

  • Providing continuity between chapters, each chapter summary includes a complete "Chapter in Perspective" feature that offers a snackable, easy to read narrative review as well as a brief preview of what's ahead.

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