Oceans Unit Outline
At the end of the this unit you will have an understanding of the following
concepts and material:
the features of the ocean floor and how they relate to plate tectonics
the basics of the physical and chemical properties of the oceans
oceanic circulation, including Coriolis Force/Effect
waves, including coastal erosion and tsunamis
the Law of the Sea
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
Click here to open the separate page on waves.
Click here to go to the page on tsunamis.
You task will be to create your own webpage on this topic.
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.
9. El Nino
Check this page out http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/guides/mtr/eln/home.rxml
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