Ch 15: ScienceSaurus Student Handbook Grades 6-8: Oceanography

About This Chapter

The Oceanography chapter of this ScienceSaurus Student Handbook Grades 6-8 Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with oceanography. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Oceanography textbook chapter.

How It Works:

  • Identify the lessons in the ScienceSaurus Oceanography chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the oceanography topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • Different branches of oceanography
  • Ocean water properties
  • Patterns of ocean circulation
  • Facts about continental shelf, slope and rise
  • Continental margins
  • The formation of ocean trenches
  • The definition for the abyssal zone
  • Ocean zone characteristics

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10 Lessons in Chapter 15: ScienceSaurus Student Handbook Grades 6-8: Oceanography
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The Scientific Field of Oceanography

1. The Scientific Field of Oceanography

If studying oceans and their organisms sounds exciting to you, then you should consider a career in oceanography. Learn why this exciting field is so important to understanding other aspects of Earth, like the land and atmosphere, in this lesson.

Properties of Ocean Water

2. Properties of Ocean Water

Ocean waters are salty and contain minerals and dissolved gases. They also have a high heat capacity and vary in density depending on temperature and salinity. Learn more about the unique chemical and physical properties of ocean water.

Ocean Circulation: Patterns & Effect on Climate

3. Ocean Circulation: Patterns & Effect on Climate

The ocean waters are always in motion and as they travel around the globe they carry and distribute heat, which affects the global climate. Learn about the ocean circulation patterns and how they impact the climate.

Continental Shelf: Definition & Facts

4. Continental Shelf: Definition & Facts

After reading this lesson, you will be able to explain what a continental shelf is. You'll also be able to describe what happens beneath your feet as you walk out to sea and list some facts about continental shelves. A short quiz will follow.

Continental Slope: Definition & Facts

5. Continental Slope: Definition & Facts

Continental slopes are one of three parts that make up the under-ocean margin surrounding the continents of the world. In this lesson, you'll learn what they are, where they are, and what some of their characteristics are.

Continental Rise: Definition & Facts

6. Continental Rise: Definition & Facts

If you had to guess, would you think a continental rise is a mountain in the middle of a continent? It's a fair assumption, but not a correct one. Here you will find out what the continental rise is, where they're found, and what creates them.

Active & Passive Continental Margins

7. Active & Passive Continental Margins

Continental margins are areas that separate the continental crust and oceanic crust. Discover the differences between the tectonically active continental margins and the relatively quiet passive continental margins.

Deep Ocean Trench: Definition & Examples

8. Deep Ocean Trench: Definition & Examples

Ocean trenches are pretty impressive geological features - so it's too bad we can't easily see them. But here you will learn what they are, how they are formed, and what makes them so impressive.

Abyssal Zone: Definition & Examples

9. Abyssal Zone: Definition & Examples

This lesson is about the abyssal zone, a deep layer near the bottom of the ocean. In this lesson we will cover what the abyssal zone is, and examples of different ecosystems in the abyssal zone.

Characteristics of Different Ocean Zones

10. Characteristics of Different Ocean Zones

The oceans can be divided into horizontal and vertical zones. These divisions help us better understand the characteristics of these vast bodies of water. Learn what these zones are in this lesson.

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