Name of Collection: Oceanography

School Name: Beach Channel High School

Address: 100-00 Beach Channel Drive

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Oceanography is the multidisciplinary study of the sea. The science of the sea includes the following disciplines: physical oceanography, marine biology, marine geology, and marine chemistry. A young scientific discipline, oceanography has impacted the understanding of the oceans, its inhabitants, the earth’s evolution and its tectonic process, as well as global environment and climate. Oceanography is also important in the understanding of such concerns as global warming, exploration of underwater energy resources, coastal protection, fisheries conservation, marine pollution and national defense strategies.

Questions for Inquiry:

  • Why is it important to study the oceans?
  • What is the role of the oceans in global warming?
  • What are the oceans’ resources and how do they impact on the world’s economy?
  • What is man’s impact on ocean life?

Key words:

oceans, oceanography, marine life, marine ecology, marine science, climate, global warming, environment, plate tectonics
Subject headings and Dewey Decimal Classification(s):
Earth sciences -- 550
Marine biology – 578.77
Marine ecology – 578.77
Marine pollution – 363.739
Marine resources – 333.91, 591.77
Oceans – 551.46
Ocean resource economics – 333.91, 622
Oceanography – 551.46
Underwater exploration -- 627

Key Books:

REF 509.2 CHA Charton, Barbara. A to Z of marine scientists / Barbara Charton. -- New York: Facts On File, c2003.

REF 574.92 COU Cousteau, Jacques Yves. The ocean world / Jacques Cousteau. -- New York: H. N. Abrams, 1979.

REF 550 EAR Dasch, E. Julius, ed. Earth science for students. -- ed. -- New York: Macmillan ReferenceUSA, c1999.

REF 551.46 EAR Earle, Sylvia A., 1935-. Atlas of the ocean: the deep frontier / Sylvia A. Earle. -- Washington,
D.C.: National Geographic Society, c2001.

REF 594 HIL Hill, Leonard. Shells: treasures of the sea / illustrated by Robert A. Braunfield. --
Hong Kong: Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc., c1996.

REF 551.46 HUT Hutchinson, S. (Stephen), 1959-. Oceans: a visual guide / Stephen Hutchinson, Lawrence E. Hawkins.
-- Buffalo, N.Y.: Firefly Books, 2005.

REF 594.11 KNO Knop, Daniel. Giant clams: a comprehensive guide to the identification and care of
Tridacnid Clams. -- Germany: Dahne Verlag Ettlingen, c1996.

REF 639.34 SAN Sandford, Gina. An illustrated encyclopedia of aquarium fish / Gina Sandford. -- New
York: Howell Book House, c1995.

REF 550 ATL Atlas of global change / edited by Lothar Beckel. -- New York:
Macmillan Library Reference, 1998.

REF 599.5 BIO Biology of marine mammals / edited by John E. Reynolds III and
Sentiel A. Rommel. -- Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1999.

REF 574.5 ENC Encyclopedia of the biosphere: humans in the world's ecosystems
project director, Ramon Folch. -- English language edition. --
Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Group, c2000.

REF 570 MCG McGraw-Hill dictionary of bioscience / Sybil P. Parker, editor in chief.
-- International ed. -- New York: McGraw-Hill, c1997.


333.95 BEN Benchley, Peter. Ocean planet: writings and images of the sea / original text by Peter
Benchley; edited by Judith Gradwohl. -- New York: H.N. Abrams, Inc. and the Times Mirror Magazines, Inc. in association with the Smithsonian Institution, 1995.

551.46 BYA Byatt, Andrew. The blue planet: a natural history of the oceans / Andrew Byatt,
Alastair Fothergill and Martha Holmes. -- 1st U.S. ed. -- London: DK, 2001.

551.46 DAY Day, Trevor. Oceans. -- New York: Facts on File, 1999.

639.3 EMM Emmens, C. W. (Clifford Walter). Marine aquaria and miniature reefs: the fishes, the invertebrates,
the techniques: from choosing and using the equipment right through picking the best tankmates and detecting, and treating diseases, all by the world's foremost authority
/ C.W. Emmens. -- Neptune City, NJ : T.F.H. Publications, c1990.

363.738 FLA Flannery, Tim F. (Tim Fridtjof), 1956-. The weather makers: how man is changing the climate and what it
means for life on Earth
/ Tim Flannery. -- New York: Atlantic Monthly, 2006.

Careers 387.5 HEI Heitzmann, William Ray. Opportunities in marine science and maritime careers / Ray
Heitzmann. -- Rev. ed. -- New York: McGraw-Hill, 2006. Web Site:

574.92 HIL Hill, Amy. Marine biology: an introduction to ocean ecosystems. -- Portland Maine: J. Weston Walch, c1995.

551.46 KUN Kunzig, Robert. The restless sea: exploring the world beneath the waves / Robert Kunzig. -- New York: Norton, c1999.

333.95 MAT Matsen, Bradford. Faces of fishing: people, food, and the sea at the beginning of the
twenty-first century
/ Bradford Matsen; foreword by Julie Packard. -- Monterey, CA: Monterey Bay Aquarium Press, c1998.

502 MAT Matthews, Robert. Q & A: cosmic conundrums and everyday mysteries of science, Robert Matthews. -- Oxford: Oneworld, c2005.

551.46 PIN Pinet, Paul R. Invitation to oceanography / Paul R. Pinet. -- 3rd ed. -- Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett, c2003.

551.46 SEG Segar, Douglas A. Introduction to ocean sciences. -- Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Pub, 1997.

577 STE Stewart, Melissa. Life without light: a journey to Earth's dark ecosystems / Melissa
Stewart; foreword by Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan. -- New York: Franklin Watts, c1999.

551.46 SVA Svarney, Thomas E. The handy ocean answer book / Thomas E. Svarney, Patricia Barnes-Svarney. -- Canton, MI: Visible Ink, c2003.

577 WOO Woodward, Susan L. Biomes of earth : terrestrial, aquatic, and human-dominated / Susan L. Woodward. -- Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003.

577.7 END Endangered oceans: opposing viewpoints. -- San Diego: Greenhaven, 2004.


FIC Caras, Roger A.
Sockeye: the life of a Pacific salmon / Roger Caras. -- Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, c1975 (1991 printing)

FIC Lawrence, Iain.
The smugglers / [by] Iain Lawrence. -- New York: Delacorte, 1999.

FIC Lawrence, Iain.
The wreckers / [by] Iain Lawrence. -- New York: Delacorte, 1998.

FIC Melville, Herman, 1819-1891.
Moby Dick, or, the whale / by Herman Melville; with an introduction
by Elizabeth Renker. -- Rev. and updated ed. -- New York: Signet, 1998.

FIC Verne, Jules, 1828-1905.
20,000 leagues under the sea: [and] Around the moon / foreword by Isaac Asimov. -- New York: Platt & Munk, 1965.

Magazine Articles

• Print:

Hayden, Thomas. “Super storms; no end in sight.” National Geographic: Aug, 2006: 66-77.

Raloff, Janet. “Toxic surfs; homing in on an alga’s threat – and therapeutic promise.” Science News:
23 July, 2005: 56-58.

• Online:

Battersby, Stephen. “Deep trouble.” New Scientist (April 15, 2006: 42-46) Online. Ebscohost
Research Databases. Date accessed: 8 March 2007


ADEOS Ocean Project
NASA Oceanography
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Web Sites: – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution –National Geographic Magazine


AV 551.37 CHA
Chasing El Nino. -- Boston: Nova, c1998.

AV 551.46 FIN
Finite oceans [videorecording] / Discovery Productions in association with Television New Zealand; producer, Neil Harrway;
director, John Bulmer. -- Bethesda, MD: Discovery Enterprises, 1995, c1990. - VHS.

AV 551.47 KIL
Killer wave power of the tsunami / [videorecording]: Pangolin Picture
Production for National Geographic Television; producer, Kevin
Bachar; writer, Jaime Bernanke. -- [Washington, D.C.]: National
Geographic Video; c1997. - VHS Hi-fi stereo.
Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.

AV 500 GRE v.4
Oceanography [videorecording] / Pangea Digital Pictures; producer,
Julie Scholz; writers, Paul Hoffman, Tim Smith. -- [New York]:
UNAPIX Entertainment, 1996, c1995.

AV 551.46 SEA
Seashore [videorecording] / Cafe Production for BBC Worldwide
Americas and Dorling Kindersley Vision in association with Oregon
Public Broadcasting; producer, Richard Thomson ; director, Bonni
Cohen; writer, Brian Meehl. -- [New York]: Dorling Kindersley
Vision, c1996. -- (Eyewitness) - VHS Hi-fi stereo.
Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.

AV 551.46 BLU
The blue planet seas of life: tidal seas/coasts, seasonal seas/coral seas, open ocean/the deep, ocean world/frozen seas.
4 vols. [videorecording]: BBC Video; producer, Alastair Fothergill. -- London: British Broadcasting Corporation: distributed by Warner Home Video, c2002. - DVD, Dolby Stereo. Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.

AD 577.7
Into the deep [videorecording] / IMAX Corporation presents; directed
INT by Howard Hall; produced by Graeme Ferguson; writer, Matthew
Hart; produced by 3D Sea Inc. -- Standard format. -- Burbank, CA:
Warner Home Video, 2002, c1994. - DVD; Dolby digital 5.1 surround;
Soundtrack in English or French; subtitles in English, French,
Portuguese, or Spanish.

AV 551.46 OCE
Ocean [videorecording] / A BBC Scienceworld Production for BBC
Worldwide Americas and Dorling Kindersley Vision in association
with Oregon Public Broadcasting; series producer, Martin Mortimore:
director/writer, Ben Southwell. -- [New York]: Dorling Kindersley
Vision, c1997. -- (Eyewitness) - VHS Hi-fi stereo. Closed-captioned.


CDROM 577.78 COR
Coral kingdom [computer file multimedia]].. -- Version 1.1. --
Pleasantville, NY : Sunburst Communications, c1995. - System
requirements: IBM 386 or higher; 4MB RAM; WIN 3.1; 256-color
display; sound card; CD-ROM drive.

Ocean life [computer file multimedia]. -- San Francisco, CA : Sumeria,
c1996. -- (Ocean life ; - 5) - System requirements: 486/33MHz; 8MB
RAM; DOS 5.1; WIN 3.1/WIN 95; 256-col.; sd. card; 2x CD-ROM drive.

CDROM 591.77 OCE
Ocean life. [computer file multimedia]. [author, Jerry Borrell]. -- San
Francisco, Calif. : Sumeria, c1997. - System requirements:
Multimedia PC; 8MB free RAM; WIN 95; 64K-color display; 4x
CD-ROM drive; sound card.

CDROM 551.46 OCE
Oceans [computer file multimedia]].. -- Version 3.0. -- Washington,
D.C. : National Geographic, c1998. -- (NGS PictureShow) - System
requirements: 486DX/66MHz; 8MB RAM; DOS 5.0+; WIN 3.1+;
256-color display; 4x CD-ROM drive.
Users choose text and audio in English and Spanish.

Planet Earth [computer file multimedia]. -- 1st U.S. ed. -- New York :
Macmillan Digital USA, 1996. - System requirements: MPC
486/33MHz or higher; 8MB RAM; WIN 3.1 or higher; 256-color
display; 2x CD-ROM drive.


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Curriculum Standards Related to This Topic:

Standard 4: Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science.

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