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Life at the Bottom
The benthos is an aggregation of organisms living on or at the bottom of a body of water. The benthic community is composed of a wide range of plants, animals and bacteria from all levels of the food web. Site provides an introduction to the benthos with descriptions of infaunal, epifaunal, and demersal benthic communities. You can also view an illustration of a sample benthic community.
Grade Level: General public, Middle school, High school

Bridge DATA - More than Mud
Examine the effects of pollution on amphipods using data from the Chesapeake Ecotox Research Program.
Grade Level: High school,Undergraduate lower division

Dispatches from the Gulf
Dispatches from the Gulf is a new Journey to Planet Earth episode showing how scientists confront the challenges of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The documentary also investigates the impact of the event on the ecosystems and communities along the Gulf of Mexico. Major funding for Journey to Planet Earth was provided by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative – scientists working together to understand and restore the health of marine and coastal ecosystems.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school, Undergraduate lower division, General public

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Education Resources
GoMRI's education site is a constellation of K-12 resources orbiting around the effects of oil spills on marine and coastal environments - especially in the wake of Deepwater Horizon. The lessons, activities, videos, and other materials draw nice connections to more general topics, such as ocean currents, wetlands, coral reefs, plankton and pelagic food webs, and cutting edge marine research from blue water cruises to AUV's.
Grade Level: Primary elementary,Intermediate elementary,Middle school,High school

JASON Learning
The JASON Project connects students with scientists and researchers in real- and near-real time, virtually and physically, to provide mentored, authentic, enriching science learning experiences. Follow the Curriculum link for a wealth of online and print resources (fees and purchase prices apply), including curricula, videos, games, tools, and community. Like NASA's Mission Control Center, the Jason Mission Center (JMC) is your hub for exploration. Learn about powerful storms, watch a video about sharks, see if you can design a thrilling roller coaster and tell others about it in the message boards. You will even be able to ask JASON researchers questions on the JMC!
Grade Level: Middle school,High school,Undergraduate lower division

Shallow Water Habitats
Just beyond the beaches and shorelines of our estuaries and bays, in shallow waters and mostly hidden from sight, are diverse and important underwater habitats. Highly productive communities of microbes, plants, invertebrates, crabs, fish and birds flourish in these waters, in part because sunlight reaches the bottom. This website is designed for those who are interested in learning more about the shallow water habitats, communities and ecosystems of Virginia’s estuaries and bays. You will also find information on human effects, such as pollution and eutrophication, and management issues.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school, Undergraduate lower division, General public

Bridge DATA - Diatom Ooze: Ooze Clues
Just as ocean beaches display a variety of sand types, the ocean floor has different sediment types. Sediments can come from land, living organisms, chemical reactions in the water column, and even outer space. When skeletal remains of microscopic organisms make up more than 30% of the sediment, it is called "ooze." In this activkty, students will plot the distribution of various oozes using information from sediment maps.
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division

American Meteorological Society Online Ocean Studies Diversity Project
Online Ocean Studies has been developed by the AMS for undergraduate institutions to license and offer in local-national teaching partnerships. The course, focusing on the use of real-world ocean data and investigations, examines the world ocean with an Earth system perspective. The AMS, in cooperation with NOAA, is inviting minority-serving institutions to join the effort to provide student access to learning opportunities in the geosciences by implementing Online Ocean Studies.
Grade Level: Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's Coastal Ocean Topics
COI strives to translate the results of basic coastal research for citizens and policymakers, while providing a solid information base for better resource management. This site provides information on a multitude of coastal issues including natural hazards, such as tsunamis and hurricanes, moving shorelines, coastal pollution, fisheries and coastal resources, waves, tides, currents, groundwater. Most topics feature more specific sub-topics which include Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution literature concerning the issue.
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional, General public

Natural History of Nova Scotia Topics & Habitats: Benthic
Downloadable electronic version of a section of a book of the same title; a naturalist's approach to understanding the environment of that region. A searchable summary includes brief introduction, list of headings, keyword list, and cross-references to other sections. Benthic habitats are composed of a variety of sediment types and are exposed to a wide range of water conditions, leading to the development of diverse plant and animal communities.
Grade Level: High school, General public

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