ENVIRONMENT Call it the Great Gulf Stream Slowdown: An Atlantic Ocean current that helps regulate the global climate has reached a 1,000-year low, according to two new studies. (NPR) Use our video resource to help students better understand how the Gulf Stream and other ocean currents contribute to climate. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas … Continue reading Sluggish Gulf Stream Reaches Slowest Rate in More than 1,000 Years
WORLD For centuries, Viking seafarers ruled the North Atlantic, braving open seas to travel thousands of kilometers to their colonies in Iceland and Greenland—all without magnetic compasses. How they performed such a feat has long puzzled scientists. Now, one group of researchers has an answer, based on computer simulations—and legendary crystals. (Science) What were Viking sunstones? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key … Continue reading Vikings Could Have Used ‘Sunstones’ to Navigate the North Atlantic
SCIENCE Genetic research helps uncover the Atlantic sixgill shark. (National Geographic) Are there any shark sanctuaries in the species range of the newly identified species? Use today’s MapMaker Interactive map to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including a link to today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas So, tell us about the species of shark described … Continue reading Scientists Discover New Species of Shark
SCIENCE Researchers say methane bubbling to the surface of the ocean could explain the sudden loss of ships in the western North Atlantic. (Guardian) Use today’s MapMaker Interactive map to find the Bermuda Triangle. If you dare. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including a link to today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas Some scientists think bubbly … Continue reading ‘Burps of Death’ in the Bermuda Triangle?
SCIENCE Flights from the UK to the US could take longer due to changes in the jet stream, according to a new study. (BBC) What is a jet stream? Use our short encyclopedic entry to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including this gorgeous map of worldwide winds. Discussion Ideas The BBC article says that … Continue reading Climate Change May Make Flights Last Longer