In this series of lessons, students will learn the composition of the Earth, tectonic plates, convection inside the Earth, mid-ocean ridges and seafloor spreading.
Using the children’s book See Food, written by Guundie Kuchling, students will gain an understanding of how food chains, food webs and food pyramids work through illustrations and hands-on activities.
Students will construct a plankton model and simulate real life adaptations through using different types of materials. The aim is to construct a model that exhibits neutral buoyancy.
Students will understand the forces that influence tides and the significance of the Lunar cycle. Students will interpret tidal movement by analysing tidal patterns and predicted tide tables.
Students will explore the effect of salinity and temperature on water density and mixing of seawater, in the context of understanding how seawater is circulated in the ocean through currents.
Students will understand the concept of the Coriolis Effect by attempting to draw a straight line on a rotating disc and apply this principle to understanding ocean gyres.
Students will investigate the phenomena of ocean acidification and test the effects of increasing acidity on shell-forming marine organisms.
Students will explore the properties of seawater through dissolving salts and observing evaporation and freezing.
Students will explore the features and depth profile of the ocean floor through viewing bathymetry maps, diagrams and animations, culminating in the construction of a shoe box model of the ocean floor.
Students will interpret an atlas and explore the world’s oceans through mapping five oceans and other key features.
The ‘marine heat wave’ that was observed off the coast of Western Australia in the summer of 2010/11, saw ocean waters around the mid-west coast rise more than 3°C above average. Learn more about this event from this poster.
A poster featuring the pathway of the Leeuwin current along the Western Australia coastline.
This poster highlights the impacts of oversupply of nutrients in estuaries.
Western Fisheries article by Steve Ireland, November 2011, pg. 52-53
Humble though they may seem and occupying a low position in the marine food web, plankton are vital to the health not only of oceans, but also of the world’s atmospheric and terrestrial environments. Increasingly, plankton are also seen by
The urgency to understand and adapt to the Earth’s changing climate has caused an explosion in climate studies and collection of data about atmospheric and oceanic weather systems. Cathy Anderson reports on a new scientific study to better understand the
It is deeper and longer than the Grand Canyon. It attracts hundreds of hungry whales to the Western Australian coast each summer. And it is right off the coast of Perth, just west of Rottnest Island. Carmelo Amalfi delves into
or How Sea Wrack Plays a Vital Role in Raising Fish Seaweed and seagrass washed up on the beach may look unsightly and smell even worse, but they provide a nutritional haven for many marine species. Steve Ireland explains
Cathy Anderson discovers some astonishing facts about a substance many of us take for granted: sea water, Western Fisheries article by C. Anderson Mar 2009, pg. 50-55
Referred to as the Indian Ocean Territories (IOTs), the remote location of Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands is the key to their unique and spectacular marine biodiversity.
At 5,500 kilometres, the Leeuwin Current is the world's longest continuous coastal or boundary current.