Page 457: Ocean Currents
Visit this Ocean Planet/Smithsonian Institution site to find out more about global ocean currents and how they form. What is a western boundary current?
Major Oceanic Surface Currents
Go to this site to see a map of the world that shows all major oceanic currents. Currents in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans north of the equator travel in a clockwise direction. In what direction do currents in these oceans travel south of the equator?
Go to this National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) site to see what ocean currents look like from space, and learn how oceanographers use hundreds of drifter buoys to study ocean circulation patterns.
Page 465: Tides
Visit this site by the National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to see data on tides. You can find out which water level stations are currently experiencing storm surges, or look at regional or state data on tides. For example, click on state maps and click on one of the coastal states. What kinds of data are collected at each water level station?
Our Restless Tides
Go to this NOAA site to read a brief explanation of the basic astronomical factors that produce tides and tidal currents. Scroll down to read the general definition of the word “tide.” Do tides occur in the Great Lakes?
The Bay of Fundy’s Minas Basin: Highest Tides in the World
Visit this site to find out more about the tides in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, Canada. Click on the photograph to watch the tide come in and see how high it is. Then click on quick facts on our tides. How often do the high tides at the Bay of Fundy occur?
Page 473: Careers in Oceanography
Visit this site by Texas A & M University to find out more about careers in oceanography. Scroll down and click on where does one study oceanography. What educational level do most oceanographers attain?
Careers in Oceanography, Marine Science & Marine Biology
Go to this site for links to careers in oceanography and marine biology. There are links here to careers in just about every organization and institution related to the oceans. You can find out how to become a whale biologist here or even how to work at an aquarium. Explore these links to find out what career in oceanography might suit you.
Remarkable Careers in Oceanography: Women Exploring the Oceans
At this site you can read about the careers of women in oceanography. Although each women profiled has followed her own path to her career, all can offer insights into their profession. Click on any of the featured scientists to find out how each ended up in their current position.