Marine Biology 4th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0071199292
ISBN-10: 0071199292
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw Hill Higher Education; 4th edition (July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071199292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071199292
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,920,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Currahee on October 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have begun to use the third edition of this book in my introductory marine science course. I have to say that the Castro and Huber have taken a professional, effective approach to covering a diverse subject. The book takes a typical approach. Part 1: The nature of science and the physical environment. Part 2: Life in the marine environment, starting with physiology and moving on to diversity. Part 3: Ecology, covering basic principles and exploring various arine habitats. Part 4: Man's impact on the sea. Things that I like about this book include: the excellent illustrations, both photographs and diagrams; box readings on special topics; and the chapter self reviews. Things that I do not like include the failure to put the various groups of animals in evolutionary relationships. There are two chapters on marine organisms, vertebrates and invertebrate. This arrangement fails to recognize the over all diversity of these groups and frequently unrelated groups are piled together for no reason but convenience. I think perhaps a simple appendix of cladograms of the various groups would address this. There is also a companion web site that I have not had the time to explore.
In all, it is an effective introduction to marine biology. I am enjoying incorporating it in to my class. I also think that it would be a fine choice for persons who want to study marine biology on there own. It is written at such a level that a person with a high school education can understand it with only a few references to the glossary or other books.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kafu Rahmansha on October 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Anytime you look for a sourcebook on a specialized topic such as Marine Biology, you want to make sure it covers all the groundwork. By that, I mean the full foundation of the field needs to be established. What Castro and Huber might lack in specifics, they make up for by encompassing the true nature of Marine Biology and what it entails.

For anyone new to Marine Biology, this is the book to go with. It is well structured and covers everything in an instructive, yet simple to understand manner. There are a plethora of illustrations, diagrams, and tables to help aid the reader, and the text is well placed. The information touches most everything, including the very nature of Marine Biology, the habitats involved, the diversity presented, and even man's impact on the stature of the subject. I have no complaints on the presentation, and any inexperienced learner should find themselves involved in a very fascinating subject.

For those already experienced in Marine Biology, there is still much included that will catch your eye. Although the text is obviously leant for beginning, I found myself quite interested in much of the text and enjoyed analyzing and recalling sections of the field that I hadn't dealt with or devoted time to for months or even years.

There are some weaknesses, but most are minor or insignificant. Because Marine Biology is such a diverse field, it is near impossible to include EVERYTHING the subject entails. This text leaves some intriguing (albeit small) parts out, but overall I did not feel cheated about what I might have missed. There was also little focus on evolutionary associations, but then again, this is designed for a beginner and I expected little in this regard.
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I wanted to learn some marine biology and this book, Marine Biology [Hardcover] by Peter Castro, was well reviewed and seemed to be a good start. It begins with some building blocks and gives the reader a comprehensive study of the organisms and animals making up the ecosystems of the marine environment. I am in the process of reading and studying the information given and feel this compilation of the study is a good introductory level text. I love it so far.
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By Susan Griffin on June 14, 2015
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It fullfilled my expectations.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Success Tutoring on February 6, 2013
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Rating: Excellent condition, cost and speedy delivery!

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