Hot, Cold, Fresh and Salty

The NOAA Ocean Service Education lab requires students create and manipulate solutions simulating different ocean water characteristics in order to recognize that the effects of salinity and temperature are the drivers of thermohaline circulation.

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Jerry Roth
NOAA Ocean Service
Activity takes two to three 40-minute class periods. Additional materials required.

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This is a straightforward lesson with clear points that should be apparent if done as recommended by the instructions.

Very clear instructions for teacher and students.

Student worksheet needs to be copied and pasted into a MS Word document.

Students will need careful guidance when mixing liquids or else desired results will not be seen.

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