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A Close Look at Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary DLESE Reviewed Collection
In this investigation, students examine Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. After becoming familiar with a bathymetric/topographic map of the area, students select a transect along the seafloor to study some of the geological, biological, and physical features that are present. In this activity students use a bathymetric/topographic map as a tool for recognizing geobiological features of the sanctuary, create a depth profile from a topographic map, use a transect as a tool for quantifying geological, physical, and biological features along the seafloor, and correlate species with habitat type in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Supporting data are provided.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lab activity
    • Guide for instructor
  • Visual:
    • Map
  • Dataset:
    • In-situ
Subject:
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Biological oceanography
    • Physical oceanography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
This resource is in the public domain.
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-133
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Systems, order, and organization
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • C - Life science:
        • Population and ecosystems
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Systems, order, and organization
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understandings about scientific inquiry
      • C - Life science:
        • Interdependence of organisms
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Physical systems:
      • The characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on Earth's surface
    • The world in spatial terms:
      • How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Karen Grimmer
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary