Introduction to Oceanography
Resource Type: Course Information
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Earth System Topics: Oceans
- Students should be able to explain how volcanic eruptions, weathering, erosion, sedimentation, and the motion of tectonic plates are responsible for the origin and character of Earth's ocean.
- Students should be able to provide examples of ways in which modern knowledge of the ocean was achieved through use of the scientific method.
- Students should be able to describe water's distinct properties and relate them to the behavior, physical and chemical properties of seawater.
- Students should be able to describe how atmospheric circulation influences ocean circulation.
- Students should be able to explain how physical and chemical factors of the ocean affect global and local weather and climate in the past, present and future.
- Students should be able to apply scientific terms and the scientific method in analyzing ocean processes and the results of those processes.
- Students should be able to evaluate the human impact on the ocean, especially in coastal areas and in relation to global climate change.
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