Physical Geography

Oceans Unit Outline

At the end of the this unit you will have an understanding of the following concepts and material:

1.    Features of the Ocean Floor

Use the Internet or any available text books to find out what the following terms mean.  Create a cross-sectional diagram that illustrates these features:

2.    Waves

Click here to open the separate page on waves.

3.    Tsunamis

Click here to go to the page on tsunamis.  You task will be to create your own webpage on this topic.

4.    Tides

Tides are mighty tricky things to get your head around!  Here's a question often ignored even in university level courses:  If the moon causes the high tide, why are there two high tides on the earth at any given time? For the answer to this and many other burning questions about tides, click here to download a PowerPoint show.

5.    Ocean Water

Ocean water is obviously much different than the stuff we are used to.  There are several general areas, including chemistry, density, temperature, and optics.  There are also acoustics and pressure to consider.  Click here for the seperate page

6.    Ocean Currents

Click here for some basics on the movement of currents.  There is also a link from this page to page on the Coriolis force, which is the next section of this unit.

7.    Coriolis Force

Now, here is a challenge!  Click here.

8.    Coral Atolls.

No study of oceans would be complete without a look at coral atolls.  Click here.

9.    El Nino

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