Ocean Upwelling: Definition & Types


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What type of currents involve the lateral movement of water in the oceans?

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1. What two factors determine seawater density?

2. Based on how seawater density works, what type of water would you expect to find on the ocean's surface?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Earth's oceans undergo numerous currents in their dynamic lifecycle. Most people are aware of lateral oceanic movements, but few know that the ocean water also moves up and down. This is known as ocean upwelling, and this online quiz will test you on this phenomenon and its effects. Some things you'll be assessed on include seawater density and the ocean's surface.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Lateral movement of ocean water
  • Seawater density
  • Water type at the ocean's surface
  • Ecosystems in upwelling zones
  • Particles dissolved in water

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - make sure you can accurately recall some of the most important information regarding ocean upwelling and its effect on the oceans as a whole
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw from the lesson the most important information regarding lateral movement of ocean water
  • Knowledge application - use the information found in the attached lesson to identify relevant aspects of the ocean, such as ecosystems in upwell zones

Additional Learning

To learn more about upwelling, review the corresponding lesson called Ocean Upwelling: Definition & Types. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Ocean currents
  • Upwellings and downwellings
  • Salinity
  • Effects of upwellings
  • Examples