Getting carbon into the ocean is one matter. Getting it down to the depths is another.

This interactive graphic shows the different components of the ocean biological pump, i.e., how carbon in the form of either plankton or particles moves into the ocean's depths. The diagram illustrates the processes at the surface, 0-100 meters, 100-500 meters, and below 500 meters.

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Jack Cook
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

This interactive would be best used in an oceanography course.

Educators may wish to relate this interactive to ocean acidification or the long-term carbon cycle.

Have students explore the interactions among the different depths.

Resource could be printed and hung in the classroom as a reference for students