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Oceans and Seas DLESE Reviewed Collection
With three levels to choose from on each page - beginner, intermediate or advanced - this site provides a good introduction to the structure of the ocean. Included are excellent graphics and text about patterns of ocean salinity and temperature with depth, as well as surface currents, deep ocean circulation and even the water cycle. Extensive in-text links provide the means for users to explore the content in an open-ended fashion, although some might find the lack of any obvious top-level navigation to be disorienting.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - artistic
    • Illustration - scientific
    • Map
    • Photograph
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Atmospheric science
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Chemical oceanography
    • Physical oceanography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1995-1999, 2000 The Regents of the University of Michigan; Copyright 2000-01 University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. All Rights Reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-141
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Systems, order, and organization
      • B - Physical science:
        • Motion and forces
        • Transfer of energy
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
      • B - Physical science:
        • Motions and forces
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
  • National Geography Standards:
    • The world in spatial terms:
      • How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Principal Investigator: Dr Roberta Johnson
Michigan Space Grant Consortium