Layered Ocean: Davy Jones' Locker
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The world’s ocean currents are driven by variations in density and caused by variations in salinity and temperature. These currents exist in layers within the water column. In this lesson, students observe and replicate a model of ocean layering using knowledge about the physical properties of water that cause layering. Students are challenged to create a model to determine if the mythical Davy Jones’ Locker is possible: float a vial at the surface, float a vial at mid-water and sink a vial to the bottom.
Additional Resources for Teachers
These are supplementary activities that can be used before or after Project Oceanology programs, designed to help teachers integrate their Project Oceanology experiences into the curriculum.
Suggested Middle School Pre-Lab Assignment
Sink and Float for Solids
Suggested Middle School Post-Lab Assignment
Temperature and Density
Suggested High School Post-Lab Assignment
Ocean Density and Global Layers Activity
Ocean Currents and Sea Surface Temperature