Ocean Layers I

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How is it possible for ocean water to have layers? The sixth installment of a 23-part NOAA Enrichment in Marine sciences and Oceanography (NEMO) program investigates factors that cause different water densities to occur. Experiments solidify understanding that salinity and temperature affect water density.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the lesson to introduce how ocean layers form
Classroom Considerations

  • Demonstration and experiment require materials and prior preparation
  • Note that the lesson only covers conceptual ideas and does not actually name the ocean layers; provide a handout or visual with these layers

  • Learners will be engaged in the subject matter through the lab
  • Resource includes slideshow and answer key for student handouts

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