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NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was
approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council,
whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy
of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute
of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the
report were chosen for their special competencies and with regard
for appropriate balance.
This report and the committee were supported by grants from the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National
Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration. The views expressed herein
are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views
of the sponsors.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
From monsoons to microbes : understanding the ocean's role in human health / Ocean Studies Board,
Commission on Geosciences, Environment, and Resources, National Research Council.
Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index.
ISBN 0-309-06569-0 (casebound)
1. Marine pollutionHealth aspects. 2. Marine microbiology. 3.
Marine pharmacology. I. National Research Council (U.S.). Ocean
RA600 .F76 1999
From Monsoons to Microbes: Understanding the Ocean's Role in
Human Health is available from the National Academy Press, 2101
Constitution Ave., N.W., Lockbox 285, Washington, DC 20055; (800)
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Cover art: Small single-celled algae known as
dinoflagellates fall on the background of a rainstorm, along with a
satellite image of a hurricane brewing over the tropical ocean. The
dinoflagellates are watercolors taken from C.A. Kofoid and O. Swezy
(1921), "The Free-Living Unarmored Dinoflagellata," Memoirs of
the University of California, Vol. 5, University of California
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