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Visit to An Ocean Planet: Salinity and Deep Ocean Currents
This resource uses text, images, maps and a laboratory exercise to explain how differences in the temperature and salinity of ocean water cause the formation of deep-ocean currents. It is part of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's "Ocean Surface Topography from Space" website. This material is also available on the "Visit to An Ocean Planet" CD-ROM.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lab activity
  • Visual:
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
    • Map
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Chemical oceanography
    • Physical oceanography
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-Edmall-2727
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contributor: James Kolb
Marine Science Center