Ocean Investigations

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Contents: All Activities and Investigations

Ocean Investigations (2) see also  Ocean Activities (1)

Investigation 1
Investigation 2
Investigation 3
Investigation 4
Investigation 5
Investigation 6
Investigation 7

Throughout this module, students will use hands-on, inquiry-based explorations to investigate: Investigation 1 -- The Properties of Seawater 4. Plants and Animals in the Ocean  Back to top
Investigation 2 --  Ocean Waves

To learn more about ocean waves, visit the following web sites:

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Investigation 3 -- Ocean Currents and Circulation Back to top
Investigation 4 -- Mapping the Ocean Floor Back to top
Investigation 5 -- Changes in the Ocean Floor Back to top
Investigation 6 -- Adaptations to the Ocean Back to top

Investigation 7 -- Investigating a Place in the Ocean

Great Barrier Reef Japan Trench Marianas Trench  Hawaiian Islands Mid-Atlantic Ridge Belize Reef Peru Trench Bering Strait
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Web Sites:



  • City of Coral, NOVA Video 
  • Shows why Caribbean coral reefs are some of the most biologically diverse locations on Earth.

  • Volcanoes of the Deep, NOVA Video 
  • Fascinating look at the geological and ecological marvels of an undersea volcano

  • Treasures of the Great Barrier Reef, NOVA Video 
  • A look at Australia's amazing coral reef, the largest in the world.

  • Eyewitness Video: Ocean (1997)  
  • Discusses the history of humankind's relationship with the ocean, from the history of sailing to modern day knowledge of  the ocean's role in regulating climate.

  • The Oceans, Ellen J. Prager, Sylvia A. Earle 
  • McGraw-Hill, (2000), ISBN: 0071352538 

    Chronological study of the oceans, arranged by geologic eras (Paleozoic, Cenozoic, etc.) 

  • Mapping the Deep: The Extraordinary Story of Ocean Science, Robert Kunzig 
  • W.W. Norton & Company (2000), ISBN:0393320634 

    Well-rounded tome, covering both geological and biological perspectives of oceanography. 

  • Encyclopedia of the Sea, Richard Ellis 
  • Knopf (2000), ISBN: 0375403744 

    Easy-to-read reference on virtually every imaginable aspect of the ocean 

  • Deep-Ocean Journeys : Discovering New Life at the Bottom of the Sea, Cindy Lee Van Dover 
  • Perseus Press (1997), ISBN: 0201154986 

    Focuses on the biology of the deep oceans, compiled from the author's diving experience and other research. 

  • DISCOVER, March 1999, "Drugs From the Sea", (Rosie Mestel) 
  • Discusses an area of active marine research: Marine Pharmacology.

  • DISCOVER, November 1993, "Oceans Divided", (Kathy A. Svitil)  
  • Discusses plate tectonics and the formation of the Isthmus of Panama, a seminal event in "recent" geologic history.

  • Scientific American, August 1998, Special Issue, "The Oceans" 
  • Includes articles on seafloor topography ("The Oceans Revealed"), the origins of water on earth, the effect of

    global warming on earth's oceans, the role of the oceans in regulating climate and weather, and more.

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