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Oceanography

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Ancient Creature of the Deep
Coelacanths have been found near South Africa, the Comoros Islands, and Indonesia. Ask students to locate these places on a map or globe and estimate the distances between them...

Chasing El Niño
El Niño is a term originally used to describe the warm surface current that usually appears every three to seven years in the Pacific Ocean...

Kings of Camouflage
Show students the images of the cuttlefish and its parts...

NOVA scienceNOW: Profile: Edith Widder
Create a class poster illustrating ocean zones

Perfect Pearl, The
Collect some bivalve shells, such as oysters, clams, or mussels, and a fake pearl. Using hand lenses, have students investigate the nacre...

Shark Attack!
Elicit students' ideas about sharks, and take notes on the board. What do they know for sure about shark behavior? What else have they heard that they think is true?...

Sinking City of Venice
Have students use a map to locate the lagoon of Venice, Italy. Tell students the lagoon meets the Adriatic Sea at three inlets...

Sultan's Lost Treasure
Have the students locate China, the China Sea, Vietnam, Thailand, and Brunei on a world map or globe and trace possible trade routes among the countries...

Titanic's Lost Sister
Was Britannic sunk intentionally by a torpedo from a German ship, or did she hit a mine? The evidence for both sides is substantial, but inconclusive. Why is it important to find out?...

Volcanoes of the Deep
On a map of the floor of the Pacific Ocean, have students locate the Juan de Fuca Ridge. Review with students how the Earth's crust is made of tectonic plates that move...

Wave That Shook the World
Discuss with students what a tsunami is and how it can be created. Define epicenter...

What's Up with the Weather?
Everyone knows temperatures in the same locations vary from day to day and from season to season. However, the really important changes are not the daily weather variations...

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