World Oceans
A Reference Handbook
by David E. Newton
February 2021, 337pp, 6x9
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7543-4
$63, £47, 55€, A86
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A study conducted by the World Bank in 2018 found that 37 countries have already lost measurable amounts of their land mass to climate change.

World Oceans: A Reference Handbook offers an in-depth discussion of the world's oceans. It discusses the marine life that is dependent on the sea as well as the problems threatening the health of the ocean and its wildlife.

World Oceans: A Reference Handbook opens with an overview of the history of human knowledge and understanding of the oceans and cryosphere, along with related scientific, technological, social, political, and other factors. The second chapter presents and discusses about a dozen major problems facing the Earth’s oceans today, along with possible solutions. The third chapter provides interested individuals with an opportunity to express their thoughts and ideas on today’s ocean issues, and remaining chapters provide additional resources, such as a bibliography, a chronology, and a glossary, to assist the reader in her or his further study of the issue.

Where most books for young adults learning about world oceans take a purely expository treatment, this book provides readers with additional information as well as resources, allowing them to learn more and inform further study of the subject.

Features

  • Provides readers with the basic background they need about the oceans and cryosphere in order to understand current problems
  • Includes additional readings, a comprehensive chronology, a glossary, and other additional features to aid students' understanding of current issues and to guide them in designing and conducting their own research on more detailed aspects of the topic
  • Offers ideas for additional research from a list of important individuals and organizations
  • Rounds out the author's expertise in perspectives essays that show readers a diversity of viewpoints
David E. Newton holds a BA in chemistry, an MA in education from the University of Michigan, and an EdD in science education from Harvard University. He is author of more than 400 textbooks, encyclopedias, and other educational materials. He taught mathematics, chemistry, and physical science in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for 13 years; was professor of chemistry and physics at Salem State College, in Massachusetts, for 15 years; and was adjunct professor in the College of Professional Studies at the University of San Francisco for 10 years.

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Each volume offers a rich array of resources:
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  • A glossary of key terms
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