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Wolf Berger and David Lindberg

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247789

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247789.001.0001

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A Portrait of the Ocean Planet

A Portrait of the Ocean Planet

Elements of Ocean Literacy

(p.31) Two A Portrait of the Ocean Planet

Wolf H. Berger

University of California Press

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

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