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Oceans
Investigation 7:
Investigating a Place in the Ocean

This investigation will help you to:


To learn more about the different ocean locations, visit the following web sites:

The Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef,
Marine Park Authority
Learn more about issues related to the management and protection of the reef.

Japan Trench

Seafloor Topography of the Plate Boundaries & Seismicity,
Japan Coast Guard
View several different images of the Japan Trench.

Realtime Tidal Observation Data,
Japan Coast Guard
Includes links for data around the Japanese islands.

Japan Seismic Hazard Information Station,
A public portal for seismic hazard information across Japan.

Marianas Trench

Marianas Trench Dive,
NOAA
Take a virtual trip through the deepest point in the ocean.

Deepest Place in the Ocean - Challenger Deep,
Extreme Science
Challenger Deep is the name given to the deepest point in the Marianas Trench. Find out more how it got its name and how it formed.

Hawaiian Islands

Pacific Sea Floor Mapping - Hawaiian Islands,
USGS
Pick a Hawaiian Island and choose from three different map views of the island and seafloor.

"Hotspots:" Mantle Thermal Plumes,
USGS
Read about the formation of the Hawaiian Islands.

Lo'ihi Seamount, Hawai`i's Youngest Submarine Volcano,
USGS
The youngest Hawaiian island that is already 931m above the seafloor. Check out this site and see an image of this young volcano.

Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Descent to Mid-Atlantic Ridge,
Earthguide
Information about a live expedition to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge from November 14 - December 14, 2000

The Mid-Ocean Ridge,
by Kenneth C. Macdonald and Paul J. Fox, UC Santa Barbara
This article includes a detailed discussion of the geology of the Mid-Ocean Ridge and incorporates several diagrams and images. Scroll down to the papers available on-line section of his website to access this paper.

Belize Reef

Belize Barrier Reef
By Sue Wells, UNDP/GEF Coastal Zone Management Project, Belize
This study reviews the diversity, utilization, and threats to the Belize Barrier Reef.

Belize Reef Profile,
NOAA
This page includes a description of the barrier reef as well as some black and white images and a Landsat image of the reef.

Peru Trench

Central Andean Topography,
Cornell University
Compare two maps of the Chile-Peru Trench, one labeled and one blank.

Peru-Chile Trench
UC Berkeley
Map of Earthquake Frequency Along the Peru Trench.

Largest Earthquakes in the World,
USGS
Where was the largest earthquake since 1900? Read about the worst earthquake since 1900 centered in Chile through a series of short descriptions.

Bering Strait

Whales and Walrus: Tillers of the Seafloor,
USGS
This article summarizes a study done for potential impacts to gray whales and walruses of drilling for oil in the Bering Strait.

Bering Strait,
NASA
A view of the Bering Strait from space.

To complete the investigation, you will need data on some ocean locations.


Note: This table provides links to the same maps shown on the fact sheets.


Great Barrier Reef

Japan Trench

Marianas Trench 

Hawaiian Islands

Mid-
Atlantic Ridge

Belize Reef

Peru Trench

Bering Strait

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*3D renderings by Peter W. Sloss, NOAA National Geophysical Data Center, from 2-minute (~1.85 km) gridded elevation data


 

 

 

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Last updated: January 26, 2009



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