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Global Circulation and the California Current DLESE Reviewed Collection
This computer-based lesson provides information on ocean currents, circulation and atmospheric influences. Several sections cover "drift" studies, including the famous Nike Tennis Shoe study. Each segment provides relevant information and gives students questions to answer. Incorrect responses result in more information. This unit is part of an on-line course in general oceanography offered at San Jose State University.
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:
Expedition handout requires Adobe Acrobat reader.
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1999 (Main page) Copyright 2000 (Home page)
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-120
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: Don Reed
Department of Geology