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Why Is the Ocean Salty
Well written and easy-to-understand primer with definition and measurements of salinity. Explains the origin of the ocean, sources of salts and processes affecting its chemical composition, including the hydrologic cycle. Introduces the complexity of salinity, many constituents of seawater, and variability of ocean salinity worldwide. Discusses the compounds that marine plants and animals extract from or add to ocean water. Appropriate for grades 6 and up.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school

Bridge DATA - Oceanography: Classroom BATS
Analyze Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study data to observe chemical, physical, and biological properties of the ocean at work.
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division

Disposal of Unwanted Medicines: A Resource for Action in Your Community
Unintended consequences of disposal of unwanted medicines represent an emerging concern for the environment and public health. This toolkit provides essential information for educators and the public to have a clear understanding of this issue. Chapters include an overview of the issue (PowerPoint); case studies of take back programs;how to hold a successful community collection event; materials for public outreach and education; legislation regarding medicine disposal and donation of unwanted medicine; and a bibliography of literature on pharmaceutical chemicals and the environment.
Grade Level: Middle School, High School, Graduate or professional

Sensible Disposal of Unwanted Medicines: A 4-H Guide
This guide provides an opportunity for youth to understand the impacts of chemicals entering our waterways. Through numerous activities, 4-H members (and students in school) will learn how to inform others on disposing of medications properly. In addition, youth will be helping to reduce identification theft and protect aquatic organisms. 4-H’ers will serve as important agents for change in people’s habits and actions regarding the sustainability and preservation of our environment.
Grade Level: Middle School, High School

Bridge DATA - Iron Fertilization: Pumping Iron
Using data from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, track chemical changes during an upwelling event and investigate the effects of iron enrichment.
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division

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

Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence Networked Ocean World (COSEE-NOW)
A community of scientists and educators interested in the development of ocean observing systems (OOS) to increase ocean literacy among students and the public. Follow the Education Resources link for a rich collection of lesson plans, activities, multimedia, and other resources in biological, chemical, physical, and geological oceanography, as well as math, technology, and climate change. Membership is free and allows you to participate in discussions on various OOS topics, watch podcasts, and collaborate with similar-minded people across the globe.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary,Middle school,High school,Undergraduate lower division,Undergraduate upper division,Graduate or professional,General public

Ocean Acidification
Provided by the Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry program, this website provides a clearinghouse of ocean acidification news and information for scientists and educators. The site links to several data-rich resources where teachers can mine satellite, ocean carbon, coral reef, and time-series data for use in the classroom.
Grade Level: High school,Undergraduate lower division,Undergraduate upper division,Graduate or professional

Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS)
The U.S. IOOS is a coordinated national and international network of observations with associated data transmission, data management and communications (DMAC), and data analyses and modeling that acquires information on past, present and future states of the oceans and U.S. coastal waters to the head of tide. The IOOS site includes detailed information on the formation and organization of the group, as well as a calendar of workshops and events, development information, a newsletter, and all the latest news. The site also links to similar programs and industry representatives.
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional

South Atlantic Bight Synoptic Offshore Observational Network (SABSOON)
An excellent source of real-time data for the South Atlantic Bight. The data include: wind, meteorological, and oceanographic data, wave and tide data, irradiance and backscatter data, and current data. For most measures, data are available for both the surface and bottom. The site also features archived web cam videos and a highlight reel. Also available are detailed figures that diagram the SABSOON station equipment.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional, General public

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