It’s a Dangerous World Out There! Oceanography of the Gulf of Alaska

It’s a Dangerous World Out There! Oceanography of the Gulf of Alaska

A.J. Gharrett and T.J. Weingartner

It’s a Dangerous World Out There! Oceanography of the Gulf of AlaskaThis is part of What Does Genetics Have to Do with It? 3rd edn
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This chapter examines the Gulf of Alaska (GOA), which is the environment for a wide variety of species such as rockfishes and salmon. The GOA has many currents and is surrounded by and filled with mountains, and each of these features influences the environment. Multiple sources of water feed the GOA and it drains into other bodies of water such as the Bering Sea and North Pacific Ocean. Oceanography, the study of oceans, includes biological, chemical, and physical properties. This chapter describes the physical factors and processes that characterize oceans—currents, tides, physical habitats, and sources of nutrition. These factors connect all of the earth’s oceans and create large subareas, such as the GOA, that can be looked at as individual entities.

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