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

Music from the bottom of the food chain

Guess what kind of organism this is: There are billions of them in every bucket of the salty sea, some of them glow, and some are responsible for killing more people every year than sharks. Give up? Have a listen.

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A Cook at sea

A teacher and her students at a junior high in the middle of Arkansas make the case that the ocean touches landlocked states too. All it took to drive the point home was a voyage on the Pacific Ocean.

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A river runs through it all

The Columbia River of northwest Oregon is just caked with stories along its twists and bends. Stories of a natural system and a human system in coexistence, though sometimes uncomfortably so.

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Liquid light

Pour light into liquid, keep a detector at the ready, and what do you get? Opportunities to keep constant track of the chemical and biological brew frothing in the ocean.

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A 60-ton wake up call

Playing female right whale calls into the water, researcher Susan Parks suddenly finds herself at the center of attention of a group of males.

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Adroitly adrift

Little floats with GPS units are coursing all over the eastern seaboard, and they’re rousing community college students and lobstermen from bed at the earliest of hours.

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The Antarctic Circumpolar Current, composed

The Antarctic Circumpolar Current courses through the Southern hemisphere, cooling down and getting heavier all the while. And for the first time, this current gets its own musical scoring.

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A green ocean

What color would you paint the oceans on our planet? Blue? Try green. At least that’s what a NASA satellite 450 miles above our heads is telling us to do.

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The little sub that could

Last April, a 6 foot, 120 pound robot called RU27 left the coast of New Jersey with a mission to be the first remote controlled vehicle to traverse the Atlantic Ocean underwater. Here’s the story of whether it made that world record.

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Keeping watch on a changing ocean

When the tiniest of particles settle onto the deepest of ocean bottoms, they can have the biggest of influences. Fisheries collapse. Tsunamis. Ecosystem shifts. But how do you look at the ocean’s entire vertical swath at once?

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