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This course is designed to introduce students to the important physical and biological processes in the oceans in a way that links these conceptual principles together within our earth’s systems. The initial focus includes the principles upon which physical oceanography is based. This understanding is applied to rotation and revolution of the planet, plate tectonics, bathymetry and an investigation into the waves, tides, currents, and the large-scale ocean circulation and weather patterns. The marine biological study includes the communities of estuaries, sandy beaches, coral reefs, intertidal zones, kelp forests, and pelagic and benthic environments including hydrothermal vents. The course concludes with an investigation of fish with an emphasis on chondrichthyes. Throughout the course, examples will be given to show how physical oceanography affects and is affected by the biological, chemical, and geological processes -- the biogeochemical cycles of our earth.