Encyclopedia of Marine Science by
Call Number: Wilm Reference Books GC 9 .N53 2009
The 600-plus entries include feature essays that cover scientific topics ("The Deep Sea Drilling Project," "Antarctica's Tabletops: Bergs of Note") and scientists (Jacques Cousteau, Fridtjof Nansen). Shorter entries provide extensive definitions of marine organisms, technologies, geographical features, concepts, vessels, experiments, treaties and legal issues, and phenomena. Most entries have cross-references and a further-reading list, and the index is thorough. Seven appendixes include a list of professional associations; "Selected Major Oceans, Seas, Gulfs and Bays Worldwide" (which notes area, average width, and maximum depth); "Classification of Marine Organisms"; "The Geological Timescale" (including first life-forms); and a "Modern Map of the World's Oceans."