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- Good introduction to oceanic 'conveyor belt.'
- Note that this video pre-dates the launch of the Aquarius mission satellite (on 10 June 2010).
- Note: this video takes a long time to load in browser, depending on speed of Internet connection. Plan an activity or explanation to share while it loads, or load in advance.
- Data are available through the NASA Physical Oceanography website: http://podaac.jpl.nasa.gov/SeaSurfaceSalinity/Aquarius
About the Science
- Video describes the effect of salinity on the density of water and its global circulation.
- Video presents a strong overview of the oceanic conveyor belt, with state-of-the-science animations showing accurate representations of major oceanic currents.
- **Note that this video pre-dates the launch of the Aquarius mission satellite (on 10 June 2010). Looking at data from that mission (http://aquarius.nasa.gov/)can be accessed through the impressive NASA Physical Oceanography website: http://podaac.jpl.nasa.gov/SeaSurfaceSalinity/Aquarius
About the Pedagogy
- Excellent overview. Accurate simplified representations and animations of oceanic circulation are disturbingly rare, and this one gets it right (on a simple level, but it's correct).
- Lots of data is shown, but not always with appropriate scale or reference keys.
- Significant vertical exaggeration is included in several of the visualizations without documentation, so this may require some explanation for younger students.
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