Can you expand on your first point? Is this an animation issue primarily?
It could be called an animation issue, in the sense that units are put into motion (ie, animated) by the game in order to move them between their current point and their destination. But no, I'm not talking about actual animations that artists are responsible for. This issue is, when a unit is moved, they are immediately given a movement velocity and moved along towards the next tile in their path unlike in the real world where objects must accelerate due to physics.
mantle of oceans is in your spellbook - there's a button for it in the bottom right corner. The spellbook also has a button to turn the pages which is hidden in the top corner of the spellbook window.
I searched the entire spell bar on the tactical map, 1 by 1 and it wasn't there. This could very likely be a bug. I also know how to use the spell book, and the spell wasn't on any of my pages.