New to this edition, the Environmental Issues in Oceanography projects are designed to develop and refine critical-thinking skills and an understanding of the core topics in oceanography through analyzing effects of common human interaction with our marine environment. The Issues include: Coastal Population Growth: A Global Ecosystem at Risk Coral Rocks! The Value of the World's Coral Reefs Global Warming and Sea Level Rise Human Impacts on Estuaries Ballast Water and Exotic Species Sharks Catch of the Day: Chilean Sea Bass Beaches or Bedrooms? The Dynamic Coastal Environment PCBs in Seawater Greenhouse Gases, Global CO2 Emissions, and Global Warming Lifestyles of the Large and Blubbery: The Blue Whale Dolphin-Safe Tuna: Oxymoron The Issues are introduced in the text and are found in their entirety on the Introductory Oceanography companion Website. HTTP://WWW.PRENHALL.COM/THURMAN in addition to the Issues projects, the text-specific Website contains practice quizzes with extensive feedback for both correct and incorrect answers, and chapter-specific links to the best oceanography sites on the Internet.Thurman, Harold V. is the author of 'Introductory Oceanography' with ISBN 9780138570613 and ISBN 0138570612.