Ocean Layering: Density, Temperature, Density, and Circulation

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Link to Resource: https://earthref.org/SCC/lessons/2009/oceanlayers/
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
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Organization:Scripps Classroom Connection (SCC)
Summary:This is a 3-4 day unit on the vertical structure of the ocean that gives students the opportunity to work with actual data, learn about the global circulation, and learn about some of the smaller scale features that stir and mix the ocean. The unit consists of four lessons and concluded with a short review and 20-minute quiz. Topics covered include an introduction to density, the ocean's global scale vertical structure and circulation, and how ocean properties are stirred around and mixed together. The unit uses ship-based observations on a global scale and observations north of Hawaii from an ocean robot, the autonomous underwater glider Spray, as application activities.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 5
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.C
Subjects: currents; earth; oceans
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