Despite its familiarity and proximity, its historical impact, and the romantic notions that surround it, the world's ocean has remained elusive, largely unexplored, and misunderstood until very recently. Still in an age of discovery, important aspects of the ocean's functioning and impact on climate remain mysteries. This lecture moves from a historical perspective to the current view of the ocean as a complex, turbulent fluid, highlighting a few of the perplexing problems that command the attention of modern oceanographers.
Image from the James Ford Bell Library, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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