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5: Chemical Oceanography

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    Learning Objectives
    • After reading this chapter you should:
    • understand some of the unique properties of water
    • understand hydrogen bonds and how they affect water’s properties
    • understand the concept of outgassing
    • understand the concept of residence time
    • understand how salinity is measured and calculated
    • know the major ions in seawater
    • understand the rule of constant proportions
    • understand how and why salinity changes as a function of latitude and depth
    • know the processes responsible for dissolved gases in the ocean
    • be able to produce and describe depth profiles for oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nutrients
    • understand the role of carbon dioxide as a buffer in the ocean
    • understand the issue of ocean acidification


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