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Part 2: Marine Science

Introduction to the Marine Sciences
The Role of Water and Weather
Teleconnections Between Air and Sea

Origins of Earth’s Oceans
Brief History of Ancient Earth

Marine Geology
Oceanic Crustal Geology
Features of the Seafloor
Ocean Sediments
Seafloor Spreading and Plate Tectonics
Marine Resources

Continental Margins
Continental Shelves
Continental Slopes
Continental Rises
Effects of Sea Level Changes

Physical Properties of Seawater
Salinity, Dissolved Gases, Mineralogy
Temperature Distribution in the Ocean
Pressure, Density, Light and Color
Sound and the Sea

Ocean Circulation
Global Surface Circulation
Boundary Currents
Subsurface Currents and Thermohaline Circulation
Marginal Seas

Waves and Tides
Type of Waves
Refraction, Diffraction and Reflection
Seismic and Rogue Waves
Solar and Lunar Tides
Dynamic Tides
Tidal Currents

Coastal Processes
Coastal Systems
Marine and Non-Marine Coasts
US Coastal Zones

Marine Biology
Marine Life Zones
Oceanic Food Chains
Photosynthesis and Chemosynthesis
Light, Nutrients and Upwelling
Bacteria, Protists and Plants
Marine Invertebrates
Marine Vertebrates
Deep Ocean Life

Marine Technology
Marine Exploration
Mineral and Resource Exploitation
Marine Archaeology and Preservation
SCUBA Diving and Underwater Operations