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Oceanography

Interactives for Students

Ancient Creature of the Deep
In "Coelacanth Quiz," test your knowledge of a "living fossil," the coelacanth, with a 10-question true-or-false quiz. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Beast of Loch Ness
In "Experiment with Sonar," see how sonar works and what it is used for. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Chasing El Niño
In "Into Living Things," see how scientists use tree rings, ice cores, and coral reef cores to better understand climates of the past. (No plug-in required.) Grades 6-8.

Descent Into the Ice
In "Life Cycle of a Glacier," follow the journey of a single snowflake as it takes a 30,000-year glacial ride. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Garden of Eden
In "Build an Island," follow a presentation that shows how an atoll is formed from a volcanic island. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Kingdom of the Seahorse
In "Seahorse Basics," learn about the anatomy of and threats to this unusual fish. Grades 3-5, 6-8.

Kings of Camouflage
In "Anatomy of a Cuttlefish," learn more about how this master of deception and disguise functions by taking a closer look at its parts. (Flash plug-in required; printable version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Mountain of Ice
In "Life Cycle of a Glacier," follow the journey of a single snowflake as it takes a 30,000-year ride through a glacier in Antarctica. (Flash 5 plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Orchid Hunter
In "Classifying Life," classify a bear, an orchid, and a sea cucumber according to descriptions of selected kingdoms, phyla, classes, orders, families, genera, and species. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Origins: Earth is Born
In "The Origins Game," match 14 origins research discoveries to where in the world they were made. (Flash plug-in required.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Shark Attack!
In "The Hunt," learn about the six senses the shark uses to hunt its prey. Grades 3-5, 6-8.

Sinking City of Venice
In "Water Logged," students track problems and proposed solutions to Venice's floodwater problems in order to better understand the complexity of resolving the city's increasing flood troubles. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Submarines, Secrets, and Spies
In "Sounds Underwater," answer 10 True/False questions about sound and water. Grades 3-5, 6-8.

Titanic's Lost Sister
In "Search & Salvage," choose the proper underwater research tool to retrieve a camera that has fallen into the ocean depths. Grades 3-5, 6-8.

Volcanoes of the Deep
In "Inside a Tubeworm," click on parts of an illustrated tubeworm to learn how these animals filter food, reproduce, handle waste materials, and stay safe from predators. (Frames required; non-frames version available.) Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Wave That Shook the World
In "Anatomy of a Tsunami," discover details of the December 26, 2004, tsunami, from its creation in deep water to its deadly impact with coasts around the Indian Ocean. (Flash plug-in required.) Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12.

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