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Ocean Acidification

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If tap water is more acidic than ocean water, why are we so concerned about ocean acidification? The third installment of a 23-part NOAA Enrichment in Marine sciences and Oceanography (NEMO) program focuses on carbon dioxide levels in the ocean. Learners conduct an experiment to simulate the effect of increased ocean acidity on skeletal material.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Do the experiment first and have learners make the connection between acidity and marine life
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners will need to have some basic chemistry knowledge, such as interpreting chemical equations and understanding pH
  • Experiment requires vinegar, cups, and chalk
  • Lesson includes mock questions for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl for interested pupils
  • Teacher resource lists some common misconceptions that instructors should watch out for
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