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A Portrait of the Ocean Planet

Wolf H. Berger

in Ocean

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780520247789
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942547 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247789.003.0003
A Portrait of the Ocean Planet

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This chapter discusses the major features of the ocean and its natural history. It begins with a brief discussion on the topography of the sea surface and explains how ocean basins are produced by seafloor spreading. The chapter then discusses patterns of sea-surface currents, wind strengths, generation of waves, and how basins exchange water. It also considers nutrient fertilization, ocean productivity, and the diversity of life in the sea.

Keywords: ocean; topography; sea surface; ocean basins; seafloor spreading; currents; wind strengths; waves; nutrient fertilization; ocean productivity

Chapter.  15762 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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