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Peter Castro's Marine Biology, ISBN 9780073524160 serves as a grand introductory text for students in general education courses. Within the pages of this resource users will find the basic framework for biology, the physical sciences, and the scientific method, all incorporated with a current overview of marine biology. Examples from varying regions and...
Peter Castro's Marine Biology, ISBN 9780073524160 serves as a grand introductory text for students in general education courses. Within the pages of this resource users will find the basic framework for biology, the physical sciences, and the scientific method, all incorporated with a current overview of marine biology. Examples from varying regions and ecosystems across our globe are integrated into this text to provide students a solid understanding of basic concepts within the marine biology field. The author, Peter Castro, has devoted his life to marine biology ever since his experiences on a high school field trip to the coral reefs in his native Puerto Rico. This inspired him to obtain his Bachelors of Science in biology, zoology, and oceanography, as well as his doctorate in marine zoology. This passion for the discipline is evident in this current edition of Marine Biology with major concepts well-organized into four parts which include 18 chapters. Part 1 entitled 'Principles of Marine Science' takes a look at the science of marine biology, the sea floor, and chemical and physical features of the ocean world. Part 2 is comprised of chapters discussing 'Life in the Marine Environment' including marine prokaryotes, protists, fungi, plants, animals without backbones, fishes, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Part 3 looks at 'Structure and Function of Marine Ecosystems' with chapters devoted to introducing ecology, a look at tides, estuaries, the continental shelf, coral reefs, life near the ocean surface as well as the depths. Lastly this book is concluded with part 4 devoted to topics surrounding 'Humans and the Sea.' These chapters discuss resources harvested from the sea, the impact of humans on the marine environment, and the oceans and human affairs.
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