||Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning
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My aim in writing this relatively compact book was to produce a text that would enhance students' natural enthusiasm for the ocean. My students have been involved in this book from the very beginning—indeed, it was their request for a readable, engaging, and thorough text that initiated the project a long time ago. Through the nearly 30 years I have been writing textbooks, my enthusiasm for oceanic knowledge has increased (if that is possible), forcing my patient reviewers and editors to weed out an excessive number of exclamation points. But enthusiasm does shine through. One student reading the final manuscript of an earlier edition commented, "At last, a textbook that does not read like stereo instructions." Good!