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Section 1
The Causes of Ocean Circulation

In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of EarthComm Florida, Section 1: The Causes of Ocean Circulation.

Inquiring Further

  1. To learn more about careers in oceanography, visit the following web sites:

    Oceanographers at work: Training and careers for tomorrow's ocean scientists, Texas A&M University
    Looks at different types of scientists that work in oceanography and for whom they work.

    Interested in a Career in Oceanography?, Naval Postgraduate School
    Provides links to more information about pursuing a career in oceanography.

    Hopkins Marine Station – Careers, Stanford University
    Provides links to sites that focus on careers in the marine or aquatic sciences.

  2. To learn more about harnessing wave power, visit the following web site:

    Ocean Wave Energy, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
    Examines ocean wave energy and technologies available to capture the energy from waves.

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To learn more about this topic, visit the following web sites:

Oceans of the World

Oceans of the World – Geography,
Contains links to further information on the Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, Pacific, and Southern Oceans. Click on the ocean of your choice to be given a list of more links that contain information such as political maps and maps of the ocean floor.

Exploring the Ocean Basins with Satellite Altimeter Data, NOAA 
Reviews the physical features of the ocean basins and the technology that scientists use to study these basins. Also contains several images that help to explain how the technology works.

The World Factbook, Central Intelligence Agency
Provides detailed information about each ocean, including location, characteristics of water masses in the ocean, and how the ocean influences climate. Click on the ocean of your interest for more information.

The Warm and the Cold Ocean

The Oceanic Mixed Layer and Thermocline, Texas A&M University
Examines the processes that affect the temperature of the ocean with depth.

The Circulation of the Oceans

Temperature of the Gulf Stream, NASA
Explains the Gulf Stream ocean current, which plays an extremely important role in regulating global climate. Includes a high-resolution satellite image.

Currents, Texas A&M University
Overview of ocean circulation along currents.

The Wind Stress on the Surface of the Ocean

Wind Speed and Wave Height, NOAA
Explains the relationship between wind and waves.

Currents, Texas A&M University
Examines the role of wind in ocean circulation.

The Coriolis Effect

Getting Around the Coriolis Force, David J. Van Domelen, Ohio State University
Reviews the basic physics behind the Coriolis effect, how the Coriolis effect influences the operation of the atmosphere and oceans, and why the Coriolis effect is only relevant on certain (larger) scales.

Currents, Texas A&M University
Looks at the effect of Earth's rotation on winds and currents.

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