National Science Education Standard: E Science and Technology Grades 5 to 8

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The poetry of our planet

The ocean is teeming with life, chemistry, water masses, and – believe it or not – poetry. In our 50th and final (for now) episode of Ocean Gazing, we consider the poems of our seas.

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Slick of oil

The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill lasted three months. In July 2010, the wellhead was capped, and the oil finally stopped gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. But the repercussions and the science? They’re far from over.

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MBARI: A seaside sequel

The waters off Monterey, California are rich fodder for scientists and educators alike. And MBARI’s just the place to forge the collaborative connections between those two groups.

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ROVers over and under

Rovers and remotely operated vehicles are hulking beasts on land. But in the ocean, they glide gracefully through the water and along the seafloor, and they’re crucial in surveying the watery deep.

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Thunnus thynnus

What it’s like to be eyeball to eyeball with a fish the size of a Volkswagen.

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California’s ocean

Up and down the coast of California, abalone farmers, bar pilots and environmentalists — among others — are staking their profits, well being, and peace of mind on real-time ocean data.

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A diary of dirt. Un cuento sobre el clima.

Our planet Earth lays down a record of its climate on the seafloor in certain parts of the world. All you have to do is know how to read it.

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Sounds of science

This is what happens when a team of educators and artists are set loose aboard an oceanographic research vessel, armed with an audio recorder and their imaginations.

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Scientists, teachers and artists, oh, my!

Right now, in the middle of the Pacific, a team of scientists, educators, animators and artists are hunkered down on a ship together. For two months straight. The idea is something big, and it’s not a reality TV show.

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A field of green

The thinnest blanket of life fans out just beneath the ocean’s surface. For Margaret McManus, that blanket means an insatiable curiosity and some very late nights at sea.

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