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Ocean Basins

Oceanography, or marine science, is the interdisciplinary study of the sea. Oceanographers may study currents, storms or waves. Oceanographers may use sophisticated technology to map the ocean floor or evaluate whether movement of subsea tectonic plates might cause rifting and tsunami waves. Oceanographers are frequently biologists who seek to understand and protect marine ecosystems.


Day 1 – Introduction
Day 2 – Virtual Textbook


3:29 How Deep The Ocean Really

8:59 Features of the Ocean Basin

2:14 What Are Seamounts?


Compare Contrast and Debate

Background: According to Greenpeace USA — “Single-use plastic is everywhere: soda bottles, bags, food packaging, coffee cups, lids, straws — you name it. We’ve been told for decades that recycling is the solution for these disposable products, yet a whopping 90% of global plastic isn’t recycled — and an enormous quantity of it is ending up in our oceans. Without significant and urgent change, we face handing the next generation a garbage dump instead of an ocean, unfit for marine life.”

  • Position A: Cleanup of the plastic should be done. Efforts to do so should be done by individual countries according to their percent contribution to the pollution.
  • Position B:  Cleanup of the plastic should be done. Efforts to do so should be by privately funded organizations, not governments.

Instructor Resources

Standard Daily Material
  • Day 1 – Standard material – introduction day
  • Day 2 – Standard material – reading day
  • Day 3 – Standard material – make a presentation
  • Day 4 – Standard material – give a presentation
  • Extra! – Enrichment and remediation options
Other Topic Specific Resources
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Special Notes and Notices

Instructor Emphasis:

  • Science & Engineering Practice: Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information.
  • Cross-Cutting Concept: Structure and Function.

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