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History of the Gulf of Mexico "Dead" Zone
Martin Farley, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Student analysis of the last 1000 years of the Gulf of Mexico hypoxia zone (informally "dead" zone) by using relative abundance of low-oxygen tolerant benthic foraminifera. In this example of ...

Unit 6.2 - Biogeochemical Examples
Adam Hoffman, University of Dubuque
In this week-long unit students will explore Critical Zone function and dynamics as they relate to nutrient cycling in agricultural systems and nutrient pollution into aquatic systems. This unit is generally ...

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Waves and Tides: Understanding Characteristics & Practice Problems
Stephanie Jaeger, Green River Community College
Part A: Students identify basic characteristics and terminology for waves. Part B: Students define factors that influence tides and practice using tide charts and tide tables.

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Modeling the oceanic thermohaline circulation with STELLA
David Bice, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
This activity describes the construction of and then experimentation with a STELLA model of the thermohaline circulation in the north Atlantic. Based on a famous paper by Stommel (1961), this model exhibits two ...

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Observing Salinity Patterns
Stephanie Jaeger, Green River Community College
Part 1: Students measure the salinity of samples using a refractometer, and consider the units and density of these values. Part 2: Students apply concepts and reinforce what they've learned about salinity and ...

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Ocean Circulation
Petra Dekens, San Francisco State University
In this lab students explore data for examining both surface and deep ocean circulation. It is done in a lab setting and usually takes ~2.5 hours.

Building Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs)
Debra Woodall, Daytona College
Educators with an interest in hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines will receive introductory instructions on how to design, engineer and build a fully functional underwater ...

Preciptation, Evaporation, and Transpiration Activity
Amy Townsend-Small, University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
The students must use crayons or colored pencils to create maps of global precipitation and evaporation rates. One worksheet is provided to each group of students. Then a representative from each group explains ...

Collaborative Research Project
Michele LaVigne, Bowdoin College
This is a semester-long research project that I use to provide students with the opportunity to design a class-wide collaborative research project in connection with a local community partner.

The Usefulness of Tidal Charts
Elizabeth Nagy-Shadman, Pasadena City College
This 8-page assignment on the topic of ocean tides is intended to be completed by students alone or in small groups during class (with the possible exception of the last page which requires access to the internet) ...

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