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ConcepTest: Ocean Conveyer Belt Speed 1

ConcepTest questions by David McConnell , David Steer , Walter Borowski, Jeffrey Dick, Annabelle Foos, Jeffrey Knott, Alvin Konigsberg, Michelle Malone, Heidi McGrew, Kathie Owens, and Stephen Van Horn


Adding more salt to the North Atlantic Ocean would cause the global ocean conveyer belt to

a. slow down
b. speed up
c. undergo no change

Student Responses:

No data yet. The correct response is b.

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References and Notes:


Geoscience:Oceanography:Physical , Chemical

Resource Type

Activities:Classroom Activity:Short Activity:ConcepTests

Grade Level

College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level

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Earth System Topics

Oceans:Marine Chemistry, Currents, Tides and Circulation


Ocean:Chemical Oceanography, Physical Oceanography