Oceans: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) 1st Edition
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"Dorrik Stow's book is a keenly observed narrative about the beauty and complexity of Earth's oceans. This slim volume with its elegant prose is a must read for anyone who wishes to understand why oceans are central to the flourishing of humans as well as the planet itself." - Professor Paul Pinet, Colgate University
About the Author
Professor Dorrik Stow, of Heriot-Watt University, is a sedimentologist and oceanographer. As well as publishing over 200 research papers, he has been active in science outreach, lecturing widely. His most recent books include Encyclopedia of the Oceans (OUP, 2004), Sedimentary Rocks in the Field: A Colour Guide (Manson Publishing, 2005), and Vanished Ocean (OUP, 2012).
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The text suffers in places from poor editing. For example, the Exon Valdez oil spill took place on Prince William Sound in South-Central Alaska, not north of the Arctic Circle. That the Great Lakes of North America are hopelessly polluted and dead would probably come as a surprise to the U.S. EPA and its Canadian equivalent. Be warned, the author can't resist pounding the table every few pages on AGW, even though he admits its effects can't be measured with any precision. Cautiously recommended as a good introduction to the topic.