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Global Circulation and the California Current DLESE Reviewed Collection
This on-line expedition focuses on the flow of ocean water along with its climatic impact and environmental consequences. Learning objectives include an awareness that ocean waters are constantly on the move, that ocean currents influence climate and living conditions for plants and animals, even on land, and that currents flow in complex patterns affected by wind, the water's salinity and heat content, bottom topography, and the earth's rotation. 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)
  • College (15-16)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Module / Unit
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - scientific
    • Map
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Physical oceanography
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1999
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-000-006
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Systems, order, and organization
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Physical systems:
      • The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface
Related resources:
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Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Donald Reed
San Jose State University, Department of Geology