Ocean Sediment Sampling: Methods, Purpose & Findings


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Why do researchers conduct ocean sediment sampling?

A: to learn about mineral and chemical composition

B: to learn about the organisms that live at the bottom of the oceans

C: to travel back in time using the sediment

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1. Which sediment sampling method lets researchers learn about past events?

2. What advantage is there to composite sampling?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet set will help you quickly assess your understanding of the different ocean sediment sampling techniques. You will be quizzed on the purpose and advantages of the different sampling methods.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on the following topics:

  • The purpose of ocean sediment sampling
  • Which sampling method to use for a specific purpose
  • The advantage of using a specific sampling method
  • Ocean sediment sampling application
  • How a method provides information

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension- extract information from the discussion of ocean sediment sampling
  • Knowledge application- determine when a specific method should be employed based on what needs to be learned
  • Distinguishing differences - differentiate between the sampling methods

Additional Learning

To learn more about sediment sampling, review the accompanying lesson called Ocean Sediment Sampling: Methods, Purpose & Findings. This lesson will help you:

  • Learn how complex an ocean sediment sampling mission can be
  • Describe the methods of ocean sediment sampling
  • Explain how historical records can be extracted from the ocean floor sediment
  • Understand what can be learned from ocean sediment samples
  • Learn about the results of some very interesting studies