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By Philip V. Mladenov

The marine surroundings is the biggest, most vital, and but so much mysterious habitat on our planet. It comprises greater than ninety nine% of the world's dwelling house, produces half its oxygen, performs a serious position in regulating its weather, and helps a remarkably varied and exquisitely tailored array of existence kinds, from microscopic viruses, micro organism, and plankton to the most important current animals. during this special Very brief creation, biologist Philip Mladenov presents a accomplished assessment of marine biology, providing a travel of marine lifestyles and marine techniques that levels from the polar oceans to tropical coral reefs, and from coastline mollusks to deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Mladenov additionally appears at a couple of elements that pose an important hazard to the marine setting and to lots of its lifestyles forms-threats corresponding to overfishing, coastal improvement, plastic pollutants, oil spills, nutrient pollutants, the unfold of unique species, and the emission of weather altering greenhouse gases. through the booklet he effectively weaves round the ideas of marine biology a dialogue of the human affects at the oceans and the threats those pose to our welfare.

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