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Ocean Planet - Staying on Top
The map and narrative presented here explain how "low-tech" methods of scientific observation can be used to discern ocean current patterns. 60,000 Nike shoes lost overboard from a storm-tossed cargo ship in the northeastern Pacific in May 1990 began to wash ashore at times and places that coincided with the known surface current in the North Pacific Ocean, which moves in a large slow circle called a gyre.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Map
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Physical oceanography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-Edmall-2360
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contributor: Gene Feldman
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Goddard Space Flight Center, Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS)