by Kathy Spicer
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Ecosystems to choose from. Info and videos avaialable.
Ocean over time
History of ocean exploration and how it is used.
Products from the sea
Trade and Navigation
Scientific Exploration and Research
Ecosystem protection and management
Humans and the ocean
Tell why it is important to us
Patterns of migration. Factors affecting marine animal movement.
Pathways of marine life
Compare and Contrast movement of different animals.
Consider how needs are met in the ocean.
National Marine Sanctuaries
Habitats where animals are protected and studied.
Gulf of the Farallones
Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale
Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Flower Garden Bank
Explore the sea floor
The shape of the ocean floor is as varied as the topography on land.
identifying,locating and describing topography.
Seasons of Change.
Seasonal changes in the water happened slower than on land because temperature change in water is slower.
Solar radiation and Earth's tilt
Distance of Sun not related to seasons.
The ocean is a major storage tank for heat in the Earth's system.
Sea Surface Temperature Imagery
Heat transfer in the ocean
Stored heat affects climate.
Voyage to the Deep
As depth increases, pressure increases and temperatures decrease.
Pressure and light change.
Coping mechanisms of animals of the deep.
Phtosynthesis in the Ocean
Photosynthesis is the source of food in most ecosystems.
How do photsynthetic animals get what they need?
The role of phytoplankton
Analyzing phytoplankton maps.
Organisms within the sea are very diverse, allowing them all to survive.
Organisms in the sea
Cells, Fundamental unit of life.
Adaptations of marine species.
Similarities and differences between organisms.
Marine food chains explain energy transfer between organisms.
Role of phytoplankton
Which way to the sea?
Everything is connected to the sea through flow of water.
Connection between land and sea.
Animal needs and tracking
Eddies relate to food availability and migration.
Relationship between water temperature and dissolved oxygen.
Relationship between upwelling and marine life.
Winds, currents , eddies and bathymetry are related.
Eddies can be identified using bathymetry.
Runoff and phytoplankton
Adverse changes occur when too man nutrients are added to the water.
Human impact observable.
Results of addition of excess nutrients.
Eutrophication and its effects on ecosystems.
Tides have a significant effect on the ocean and sea life.
Connection between tides and how the sun, moon and Earth are aligned.
Marine reproduction can be related to tides.
Research capabilities enabling learners to identify species living in different ecosytems, where they life and the human and environmental impact on them.
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