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This activity gives students a hands-on look at why saltwater sinks as they create the smallest of ocean currents in a glass baking dish. They will see firsthand why saltwater is denser than freshwater and why salt sets the seas in motion. Students slowly add saltwater that has been tinted with food coloring to a glass baking dish that contains freshwater. The students then see that the saltwater ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Physical oceanography
 
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This interactive online tool helps students grasp just how deep scientists must dive to study deep sea vents. By providing points of comparison, it puts the nearly unfathomable depth of the ocean floor into perspective. It compares the scale of a 2,400-meter (7,874-foot) dive against the height of famous landmarks such as the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, and the Space Needle. Students ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Calculation / Conversion tool
Subject: Physical oceanography
 
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This Web research project takes students from the surface of the ocean to its deepest regions, asking them to work as scientists. They will make predictions and observations, all the while recording their findings. Students begin by looking at how water temperatures vary across the globe and throughout the year. Then they investigate how global ocean circulation regulates ocean temperatures. They ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Physical oceanography
 
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This online article profiles the work of marine geologist Veronique Robigou. It covers ocean vent systems and the challenges she and other scientists face studying them, her work creating detailed maps of the ocean floor, and her ongoing study of Godzilla, a sulfide structure on the Juan de Fuca Ridge. This site also explains the Research and Education: Volcanoes, Exploration and Life (REVEL) program ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Physical oceanography
 
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This interactive slide show explains deep sea vents. One frame shows the location of known vents and where other vents are expected to be found. Other frames have information about the methods and materials used to discover the vents. The final frame is a three-dimensional visualization that represents temperature data collected by scientists while surveying the Juan de Fuca ridge in the northern ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Tutorial, Illustration - scientific, Visualization - scientific
Subject: Physical oceanography
 
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This site describes the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 301 through the eyes of an eighth grade teacher participating in the Teacher at Sea Program. Expedition 301 is part of a multidisciplinary experiment to evaluate the composition, structure, physical properties, chemistry, fluid flow, and biological communities on the east flank of the Juan de Fuca Ridge. During the expedition ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Physical oceanography
 
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In this activity students are asked for their predictions about how different water temperatures will affect movement in the ocean water column. Students will investigate the effect of water temperature on mixing in the water column. They will half fill one jar with the hottest water the faucet will provide and half fill the other jar with chilled water. After allowing the water in both jars to settle ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lab activity
Subject: Physical oceanography
 
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The South East Atlantic Coastal Ocean Observing System (SEACOOS) is a new, regional research group developed to better understand what's happening in the coastal ocean waters stretching from Florida to North Carolina. The SEACOOS virtual classroom offers a variety of materials for learning about many aspects of waves including their effect on the natural and man-made world. A poster, lesson plans, ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lab activity, Presentation / Demo, Glossary
Subject: Physical oceanography
 
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This tutorial is an overview of the complex systems that govern the movement of tides and water levels. The tutorial is content rich and presented in easy-to-understand language with many illustrative and interactive graphics to visually enhance the text. This page begins with what tides are while other linked pages cover What Causes Tides, Gravity, Inertia, and Bulges, Changing Angles and Tides, ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Tutorial
Subject: Physical oceanography
 
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In this inquiry-based activity, students will infer that bathymetry (or features of the ocean floor) can cause the formation of eddies such as the Charleston Gyre, an eddy found in the South Atlantic Bight. They will build models that simulate the Gulf Stream's course over the ocean floor while observing if an eddy forms, and discuss why it does or does not form. If an eddy does not form, they will ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Physical oceanography
 
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