ENVIRONMENT Deep-sea mining has been coming for the better part of 50 years. Now, experts argue that this process can be done sustainably, with minimal disturbance to the surrounding seafloor. (Undark) Use our resources to better understand undersea mining—and the other kind of SMS. Teachers, scroll down for a short list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including today’s simple MapMaker Interactive map. An … Continue reading Mining in the Deep
SCIENCE . . and why did it take us so long to find out? Nat Geo Explorer Robert Ballard explains. (Nat Geo News) Build your own ocean with our fun matching game! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit—and a round-up of other interesting reads this week. Note: Current Event Connections is slowing down for the summer. Our … Continue reading Why is the Ocean Salty?
SCIENCE NASA has taken the first small step in a mission to explore Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, one of the most likely places in our solar system for alien life to exist. (Smithsonian) Our Emerging Explorer Kevin Hand has also been “Looking for Life” on Europa—learn how! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The Smithsonian … Continue reading NASA Mission Will Look for Life
SCIENCE A substantial ocean most likely exists beneath the icy surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, raising the possibility that extraterrestrial life exists in its briny depths. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to understand how astrobiologists are looking for life on Enceladus and elsewhere. Discussion Ideas The analysis of Enceladus’ icy surface and churning interior was done with the amazing Cassini spacecraft. Read through our … Continue reading Extraterrestrial Ocean