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Ch 1: Oceanography & the History of Oceanic Exploration

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If you're preparing for a test or working on an assignment that covers oceanography and the history of oceanic exploration, this chapter can help you build a quality understanding. Our entertaining lessons, short quizzes and other learning tools make studying fun, simple and effective.

Oceanography & the History of Oceanic Exploration - Chapter Summary

This chapter offers a fun and engaging overview of oceanography and the history of oceanic exploration. No matter your current knowledge of the five major oceans, modern ocean exploration, Oceania theory and other related topics, this chapter can successfully strengthen your understanding. Select the lessons you need to study, and feel free to review them in any sequence. When you're ready, check your comprehension of key concepts by taking mini quizzes and a broader chapter exam. Use the dashboard to track your progress and send any lesson topic questions to our subject-matter experts. When you're finished with this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Outline the history of oceanography
  • Describe the structure and properties of the five major oceans
  • Share an overview of Oceania theory
  • Exhibit knowledge of Ancient Greece and ocean exploration
  • Discuss the growth of seaborne commerce, enhancement of maps and piracy during the Age of Exploration
  • Explain how James Cook contributed to oceanography
  • Describe why the Challenger Expedition was important and discuss its goals and findings
  • Provide facts about technology, institutions and research as they relate to modern ocean exploration

8 Lessons in Chapter 1: Oceanography & the History of Oceanic Exploration
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What is Oceanography? - Definition, History & Facts

1. What is Oceanography? - Definition, History & Facts

While over 70% of the earth is covered by the oceans, much of it remains a mystery. Its immense size and depth entice scientists to uncover these mysteries. In this lesson, you'll learn about oceanography, the field that studies the world's oceans.

The Five Major Oceans: Structure & Properties

2. The Five Major Oceans: Structure & Properties

In this lesson, you'll take a trip around the world to see each of the five major oceans of planet Earth. You'll learn how you can identify just which ocean you're looking at by noting its general shape and other properties.

Oceania Theory: Overview

3. Oceania Theory: Overview

The Oceania theory says that humanity came to the Americas first by crossing the Pacific Ocean from Australia and the South Pacific islands. Learn why some archaeologists believe this theory shows us how humans discovered the New World.

Ocean Exploration & Ancient Greece

4. Ocean Exploration & Ancient Greece

The ancient Greeks were innovators in the realm of ocean exploration. Part of that is due to the strides made in navigation and cartography. In this lesson, we'll look at a few of the advances of oceanography in ancient Greece.

Mapping the World, Seaborne Commerce & Piracy

5. Mapping the World, Seaborne Commerce & Piracy

This lesson will focus on the improvement of maps, the growth of seaborne commerce, and the piracy that occurred during the Age of Exploration. It will also highlight the famous Sea Dogs of England.

James Cook's Contributions to Oceanography

6. James Cook's Contributions to Oceanography

In the 18th century, the Age of Exploration was winding down. But James Cook still managed to change what Europeans knew about the Pacific Ocean. Let's learn about some of his contributions to oceanography.

Challenger Expedition: Importance, Goals, & Findings

7. Challenger Expedition: Importance, Goals, & Findings

Today's understanding of the ocean is due to the field of oceanography. But, oceanographic expeditions were once almost unheard of. In this lesson, we'll look at the journey that set the stage for modern oceanography and deep sea exploration: the Challenger Expedition.

Modern Ocean Exploration: Technology, Institutions & Research

8. Modern Ocean Exploration: Technology, Institutions & Research

The world's oceans are sometimes referred to as the last frontier because there is still so much we don't know about it, especially in deep ocean waters. In this lesson, we'll explore the importance of satellites, robots and the rise of institutions in oceanographic research.

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