10th Edition

Tom S. Garrison, Robert Ellis

ISBN-13: 9798214066844
Copyright 2024 | Published
608 pages | List Price: USD $113.95

Co-developed with the National Geographic Society, Garrison/Ellis' market-leading OCEANOGRAPHY: AN INVITATION TO MARINE SCIENCE, 10th EDITION, equips students with an understanding of the scientific questions, complexities and uncertainties of ocean use and the important role of the ocean in nurturing and sustaining life on Earth. The 10th Edition features work by Tom Garrison and co-author Robert Ellis, an assistant professor in the Marine Science Department at Orange Coast College who has managed research and educational programs worldwide. With an emphasis on science processes, more "How Do We Know?" boxes detail how oceanographers know what they know. Climate change coverage is updated to reflect the latest findings. Chapter 14 is renamed "Primary Producers" and includes coverage of photosynthetic and chemosynthetic producers so the marine biology "big picture" is better understood.


1. The Origin of the Ocean.
2. A History of Marine Science.
3. Earth Structure and Plate Tectonics.
4. Ocean Basins.
5. Ocean 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.
19. A Closer Look at Freshwater Processes and Ecosystems.
Appendix I: Measurements and Conversions.
Appendix II: Geologic Time.
Appendix III: Latitude and Longitude, Time, and Navigation.
Appendix IV: Maps and Charts.
Appendix V: The Beaufort Scale.
Appendix VI: Taxonomic Classification of Marine Organisms.
Appendix VII: Periodic Table of the Elements.
Appendix VIII: 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.

  • A new Chapter 19 provides coverage of freshwater processes and ecosystems.

  • Reflecting the latest developments and practices from the field, OCEANOGRAPHY: AN INVITATION TO MARINE SCIENCE, 10th EDITION, is completely up to date and provides an increased emphasis on the science process. New "How Do We Know?" boxes describe the science process involved with oceanographic inquiry and include such topics as the age of marine organisms, influences on intertidal community structure, where to find new oil resources and more.

  • Renamed "Primary Producers", Chapter 14 now includes expanded coverage of photosynthetic and chemosynthetic producers to help students understand the "big picture" in the subsequent chapters on marine biology.

  • Updated several times a day, the new Global GeoScience Watch provides a one-stop site for classroom discussion and research projects for all things geoscience. Broken into the four key course areas -- geography, geology, meteorology and oceanography -- it provides easy access to an extensive database of trusted academic journals, news outlets, magazines, statistics, primary sources, case studies, podcasts and more. Global GeoScience Watch is available exclusively for users of this book.

  • The sections on climate change have been extensively revised to reflect the increasing certainty that warming is occurring as well as evidence that the cause is anthropogenic.

  • Emphasizing applications, connections and relationships to other fields, OCEANOGRAPHY: AN INVITATION TO MARINE SCIENCE, 10th EDITION, demonstrates the integration of sciences that exists in the study of oceanography and provides a balance of physical and biological oceanography.

  • OCEANOGRAPHY: AN INVITATION TO MARINE SCIENCE, 10th EDITION, integrates the theme of science as a process, underscoring the difference between theory and law and exploring 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 processes behind how oceanographers know what they know about the ocean.

  • Global climate change is incorporated as a theme throughout, linking current relevant information that affects all of our lives to the topics at hand. 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.

  • At the end of each chapter, "Questions from Students" answers 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 narrative review as well as a brief look ahead.

  • Interspersed throughout the chapter, answers to "Concept Check" questions, critical thinking questions and analytical questions with a mathematical emphasis help students review the material and prepare for exams.

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