Ocean Currents

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Satellite Images of sand and seaweed of the Bahamas

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Teachervison, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)


Students will map the patterns of the major ocean currents as well as the influence of wind, water temperature, land masses, and water density on those currents. Students observe what happens to pieces of an herb sprinkled into a pan of water. After the activity, the students can discuss why the herb moved in certain ways when affected by wind, temperature differences, and land masses.

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