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The Briny Deep
This expedition explores the chemical and physical properties of the ocean and their role in governing oceanic processes. Topics include: Is There Salt in Seawater?, Ions of Salt, What is Source of the Salt?, Salinity Variability, Salinity and Precipitation, Calculating Salinity, Ocean Temperature, Solar Radiation, Variations in the Properties of Sea Water, Light Penetration, Temperature, Thermocline, Density, Layering, and the Velocity of Sound in Water. This expedition is one of nine expeditions and two field studies which are part of a course entitled Geology 105 - Mysteries of the Deep.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Module / Unit
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Chemical oceanography
    • Physical oceanography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1999 Portions of this expedition have been extracted with permission from: "Why is the Ocean Salty?" Written by Herbert Swenson of the U.S. Geological Survey and adapted to the WWW by June Langhoff and Annie Kook. Several maps and figures have been graciously provided by Matthias Tomczak and are copyright-protected.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-000-005
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Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Donald Reed
San Jose State University, Department of Geology