Essentials of Oceanography,
8th Edition

Tom S. Garrison, Robert Ellis

ISBN-13: 9781337098649
Copyright 2018 | Published
325 pages | List Price: USD $156.95

ESSENTIALS OF OCEANOGRAPHY introduces you to the complexities and uncertainties involved in ocean use and the importance of oceans in nurturing and sustaining life. Using exclusive content from the National Geographic Society, this book illustrates the complexity and beauty of the ocean in a way that is both compelling and relatable. With the 8th Edition, bestselling authors Tom Garrison and Robert Ellis illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of marine science and give you the most dynamic and current introduction to oceanography available today.


1. An Ocean World.
2. Plate Tectonics.
3. The Ocean Floor.
4. Water and Ocean Structure.
5. Atmospheric Circulation.
6. Ocean Circulation.
7. Waves and Tides.
8. Coasts.
9. Life in the Ocean.
10. Marine Communities.
11. Uses and Abuses of the Ocean.
Appendix I Measurements and Conversions.
Appendix II Geological Time.
Appendix III Absolute and Relative Dating.
Appendix IV Maps and Charts.
Appendix V Latitude and Longitude, Time, and Navigation.
Appendix VI The Law of the Sea Governs Marine Resource Allocation.
Appendix VII Working in Marine Science.

  • 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.

  • Many of the nonessential technical details, past student questions, explorer insights and the detailed information boxes have been removed so that students can focus on the content without interruptions to the narrative flow.

  • There are a total of 11 chapters in this edition compared to the 15 chapters that were in the seventh edition. This allows instructors to cover one chapter a week and still leave time for introductions, exam days, and class activities during the semester.

  • New to this Edition MindTap for Oceanography. MindTap features an e-book, conceptual learning problems, quizzing, videos, and more. Assigning MindTap as part of their grade has been shown to increase student engagement, boost retention, and enhance learning.

  • Conceptual learning activities have been included in MindTap to help students understand key concepts in the chapter.

  • Select feature content that was removed from the narrative can be accessed through MindTap.

  • Global Geoscience Watch: Updated several times a day, the Global Geoscience Watch is a focused portal into GREENR, our Global Reference on the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources. It's an ideal site for classroom discussion and research projects for all things geoscience. Broken into the four key course areas --Geography, Geology, Meteorology, and Oceanography -- you and your students will have access to the latest information from trusted media outlets. You also will receive access to statistics, primary sources, case studies, podcasts, and much more!

  • ESSENTIALS OF OCEANOGRAPHY, Eighth Edition, continues to emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of marine science, stressing its connections with astronomy, physics, chemistry, meteorology, geology, biology, ecology, history, and economics. Using an engaging writing style, authors Tom Garrison and Robert Ellis help students gain "an oceanic perspective" in which water, continents, seafloors, sunlight, storms, seaweeds, and society are connected in beautiful ways.

  • Global climate change is integrated throughout this text.

  • Each chapter of the book includes a fully integrated learning system. A preview of 4-6 key concepts begins each chapter, a chapter summary helps students crystallize what they have learned, and Study Questions help them apply what they have learned.

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