Russian Journal of Marine Biology, Vol. 29, No. 2, 2003, pp. 129–130. Original Russian Text Copyright © 2003 by Biologiya Morya, Timofeev. BOOK REVIEW Marine Biology: Function, Biodiversity, Ecology, by J.S. Levinton, 2nd Edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001, 515 pp. + CD In the Preface to this book, J.S. Levinton wrote that research vessels, and new technologies of submarine this edition of “Marine Biology” reﬂects his own phi- investigations. In small sections he discusses general losophy of teaching in marine biology, which is “a vivid problems of the methodology of scientiﬁc investiga- science with wide scope and lots of recent exciting tions and particular terminology used in descriptions of achievements” (p. ix). These words characterize excel- marine biotopes. The entire second chapter deals with lently the state of marine biology as a science and a description of the marine environment (topography and subject for teaching. Different scientiﬁc schools have structure of the sea bottom, water and its properties, cir- also developed different images of marine biology (the culation of water masses in the World Ocean, etc.). The great body of the subject, the objectives, and the prob- most interesting is the third chapter entitled “Ecologi- lems). Levinton is
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