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ACES- Oceanography by Mind Map: ACES- Oceanography
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ACES- Oceanography


Ecosystems to choose from. Info and videos avaialable.

Open Ocean

Deep Sea

Mangrove Forest

Kelp Forest

Coral Reef

Rocky Shore

Polar Sea

Salt Marsh

Ocean over time

History of ocean exploration  and how it is used.


Products from the sea


Trade and Navigation

Scientific Exploration and Research

National Security

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.

Olympic Coast

Cordell Bank

Gulf of the Farallones

Channel Islands

Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale

Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Fagatele Bay

Flower Garden Bank

Florida Keys

Gray's Reef


Stellwagen Bank

Thunder Bay

Monterey Bay

National Marine

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.

Rays matter

Sea Surface

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.

Food Webs

Marine food chains explain energy transfer between organisms.

Web construction

Role of phytoplankton

Which way to the sea?

Everything is connected to the sea through flow of water.


Topographic maps

Connection between land and sea.

Water investigation.

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.

ACES Research

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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