National Science Education Standard: D Earth and Space Science Grades 5 to 8
An imminent thaw
In the Bering Sea, ice is everything. It controls the life, the people living there, and the climate. So what’s happening now that the thickness and the quality of that ice is deteriorating?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?