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Encyclopedia of Marine Science
  • Format
  • Authored by: C.Reid Nichols and Robert G. Williams, Ph.D.
  • From the Series: Science Encyclopedia
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11
  • ISBN-10: 0816050228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5022-2
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $85.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 11/01/2008
  • Dewey Number: 551
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 640


An invaluable reference, Encyclopedia of Marine Science explores the principal areas and issues of this core science discipline in more than 600 entries, 20 essays, and more than 200 black-and-white photographs and line illustrations. This comprehensive encyclopedia brings together information on marine science from its component and affiliate sciences, along with information on technology, commerce, business, society, history, and more.

Detailed entries cover concepts, technologies, phenomena, organisms, treaties and legal issues, research stations, places and geographical features, vessels, experiments, marine sanctuaries, scientists and lawmakers, programs, organizations, occupations and careers, and other subjects related to marine science. Spanning 1872 to the present, this resource concentrates on developments since World War II, including organizations, people, concepts, and laws of international or regional importance. Designed for high school and college students, Encyclopedia of Marine Science is extensively cross-referenced and indexed to increase its accessibility to students and teachers.


Black-and-white photographs and line illustrations. Index. Appendixes. Cross-references. Further reading.

About the Author(s)

C. Reid Nichols is the president of Marine Information Resources Corporation, a Maryland veteran-owned small business. He is a physical oceanographer with an M.S. from North Carolina State University. He has experience in commercial fishing, serving as a physical oceanographer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and providing applied oceanographic solutions to a variety of commercial and government customers. Nichols enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in 1977 as a combat engineer and has been a platoon, company, and battalion commander for units involved with landing support. He presently serves as a reserve staff officer for Marine Forces Pacific.

Robert G. Williams, Ph.D., is an oceanographer with extensive experience in the fields of marine meteorology and physical oceanography. He has served as an oceanographer for the U.S. Navy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. As a senior scientist with Marine Information Resources Corporation, he provides basic and applied research solutions to resolve coastal oceanography issues for a variety of commercial and government customers. He routinely teaches introductory physics, astronomy, and meteorology part-time at community colleges, and has taught courses in oceanography and meteorology in the Johns Hopkins University continuing education programs.

Reviews and Awards

"Vertebrates and invertebrates are well-represented here...a first-rate undergraduate or early graduate classroom text and also an advanced reference for the general readership."

SciTech Book News

"...handy...well written..."

American Reference Books Annual

"...a useful reference source for researchers as well as for students in the field of marine science...well organized...a comprehensive and useful reference book for practitioners of ocean sciences...recommend[ed]...highly for libraries to have in their collections."

Marine Geodesy

"...top-notch information...invaluable to students and reference librarians."

School Library Journal

"...highly commended for its efforts and would be suitable for those institutions supporting secondary or tertiary education, or as a public reference resource...an excellent acquisition for any library."

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