Global Ocean Conveyor Belt

This hands-on activity explores the driving forces behind global thermohaline circulation.

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Environmental Literacy Framework
This activity takes about one to two 50-minute class periods (one period is stated but when providing the context it will likely take two periods).

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

In order to effectively teach about the ocean conveyor belt, the PowerPoint presentation should be shown ahead of time so students are prepared for the content. Educator might want to have students think about ways in which they want to engage an audience in this material ahead of time - emphasizing how the ocean conveyor belt affects their own lives where they live.

Educator is encouraged to make the salty icebergs ahead of time. In some cases, using an submersible aquarium heater works well for an activity like this.

Assigning groups of students to experiment with different water mass scenarios works well - then have students present their results to their classmates before going to a wider audience.

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