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Life in the World's Oceans: Diversity, Distribution, and Abundance 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1405192976
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“The handsome, beautifully illustrated book is a lasting tribute to its late editor (Alasdair D. McIntyre), the organizing committee, and the 2600 scientists who contributed to the project.”  (The Quarterly Review of Biology, 1 September 2012)

"The multi-author work is well crafted and edited with a logical overall structure, consistency in form and tone among chapters, useful citations and Web addresses, and high-quality illustrations . . .Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners. " (Choice, 1July 2011)


"Although some chapters are technical and present a fair amount of data, most of the chapters appear to be intended for a non-specialist audience. It is a handsome volume but regrettably over-priced for a non-academic readership." (Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin, 2011)

"Comprising the synthesis and analysis of the results of the Census of Marine Life this most important book brings together the work of around 2000 scientists from 80 nations around the globe." (World News, 15 February 2011)

"This comprehensive book is aimed at marine scientists, ecologists, conservation biologists, oceanographers, fisheries scientists and environmental biologists". (In Practice, 1 December 2010)

"The ambitious project involved thousands of scientists and led to the discovery of novel creatures such as the hairy yeti crab. The volume addresses the biodiversity of oceans past, present and future, including microorganisms and zooplankton." (Nature, September 2010)

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Life in the World’s Oceans is a true landmark publication, distilling the efforts of thousands of marine biologists, ecologists, oceanographers and statisticians worldwide who have been involved in the first decadal Census of Marine Life.

Broadly divided into six parts, Life in the World’s Oceans commences with a look at life in oceans past, followed by in-depth chapters covering the current oceans’ realms, including coral reefs, seamounts, the deep sea and the polar regions. Coverage of global distributions of microbes and zooplankton is followed by a section reviewing animal movements within the oceans. The book concludes with chapters covering the future of marine animal populations, and the utilization of the data contained within the Census’ database, the Ocean Biogeographic Information System.

Life in the World’s Oceans:

  • provides a huge wealth of distilled information, vitally important in future marine studies;
  • reports on the total richness of the oceans’ biodiversity;
  • represents the work of thousands of scientists involved in the Census;
  • puts marine biodiversity in the foreground of the scientific landscape.

Thoroughly edited by the late Professor Alasdair McIntyre, who was a world leader in marine sciences, and beautifully produced in full color throughout, Life in the World’s Oceans is an essential purchase for all libraries in universities and research institutions throughout the world. All those involved in scientific work on the oceans, including biological scientists, oceanographers, marine and environmental scientists, should have copies of this exceptional book on their shelves.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (October 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405192976
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405192972
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,144,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book provides a panoramic view of marine life from small to large, deep to surface, near shore to mid-ocean based on very recent research. Although the book contains chapters separately authored by different teams, it is quite cohesive, helped by vivid graphics and maps developed specially for the entire book. The book received the 2010 Association of American Publishers award for excellence in earth and physical sciences. Strong book for courses in marine biology.
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This book is expensive. However, it is a great jumping off point for the serious high school student or freshman undergraduate who wishes to get a good overview of techniques and results of the Census of Marine Life (COML). It is well written and walks the line between the well-informed and curious neophyte and the hard-core scientist quite well. It has lot's of great graphics and examples of new and imaginative geospatial mapping techniques. Of course, for the children, there are lot's of photos. It is divided up into different sections based on the different sub-projects of COML. In particular, and most importantly, there is a great chapter on marine microbial diversity based on DNA analysis. Please be aware that this reviewer was part of the COML effort.
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