How to be an Ocean Hero

Shannon L. Switzer Swanson is an award-winning photographer, published writer, and National Geographic Young Explorer whose work focuses on ocean conservation. There are many definitions of a “hero.” Each of us has our own personal opinion of the qualities a hero must possess and the people we personally consider to be heroes. I don’t know about you, but the idea of a hero as a … Continue reading How to be an Ocean Hero

7 Wonders of the World, times 7

Where are the “Seven Wonders of the World”? Well … Seven Wonders of the Ancient World • Great Pyramid at Giza • Hanging Gardens of Babylon • Colossus of Rhodes • Lighthouse of Alexandria • Temple of Artemis at Ephesus • Mausoleum at Halicarnassus • Statue of Zeus at Olympia   Seven Wonders of the Natural World • Great Barrier Reef • Mount Everest • … Continue reading 7 Wonders of the World, times 7

What Happens to the Plastic We Throw Away?

ENVIRONMENT Scroll through how tons of trash travels from inland trash heaps to oceanic garbage patches. (National Geographic) Use our terrific activities to follow the “tremendous travels of trash” and the “perils of plastic.” Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas How does so much trash end up in the middle of the ocean? directly. Trash … Continue reading What Happens to the Plastic We Throw Away?

Tiny Shrimp Cause a Big Stir

SCIENCE The vertical migration of brine shrimp causes substantial mixing of the water column. (Science) Learn more about this “marine mix” with our student-friendly article. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The brine shrimp studied in the new article engage in diel vertical migration. What is diel vertical migration? Diel vertical migration describes a daily … Continue reading Tiny Shrimp Cause a Big Stir

Sluggish Gulf Stream Reaches Slowest Rate in More than 1,000 Years

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