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I spent uncounted hours sitting at the bow looking at the water and the sky, studying each wave, different from the last, seeing how it caught the light, the air, the wind; watching patterns, the sweep of it all, and letting it take me. The sea. ~Gary Paulsen

Oceanography is the branch of science that deals with the structure and movement of ocean waters, their chemical components, organisms, mechanisms, and interaction with land and the atmosphere.

It's All there in the Oceans

There is something in the oceans for everyone. Do you like chemistry or physics? It's all there in the oceans. Do you like biology and the study of critters both large and small? It's all in the oceans. Do you like history, geology, archaeology, and engineering? It's all there in the oceans.

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Guide to Major Topics of General Oceanography

  1. History of Marine Science
  2. Origin of the Oceans
  3. Plate Tectonics and the Oceans
  4. Ocean Basins
  5. Ocean Sediments
  6. Water and Ocean Structure
  7. Ocean Chemistry
  8. Interaction of Ocean and Atmosphere
  9. Circulation of the Ocean
  1. Waves
  2. Tides
  3. Coasts
  4. Ocean Life
  5. Production of Organic Material
  6. Marine Animals
  7. Marine Communities
  8. Products of the Oceans
  9. The Ocean and Earth Environments




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