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Oceans and Seas

These links have been carefully selected and were considered relevant and suitable for school use at the time of checking. Clicking on them will take you to other web sites over which we have no control. If you have any doubts or concerns please check what is at the other end before using them in lessons. If you find any broken, re-directed or dead links please let us know.

    Coral Reefs are a valuable habitat, but they are constantly under threat. The Action Atlas site is an excellent introduction to reefs, their importance to marine life, and their continued protection. This site is suited to all ages and makes a good starting point for project work.

    Coral Reefs In Trouble. This is a sub section of the Action Atlas site, looking at the dangers facing coral reefs around the world. It is suited to all ages and makes a very good starting point for project work.

    * Artificial Reefs
    What are artificial reefs, how are they made, and why do we need them ? The site concentrates on efforts in South Carolina to produce new reefs for the marine wildlife and tourist trade. A good, clearly written introduction to the benefits of artificial reefs.

    * Beachcomber's Discussion Group
    A marine 'lost and found' discussion group - can be very interesting, but due to its nature, the content cannot always be guaranteed to be of a set standard. Postings to this group consists of reports of things found along the coastline, and discussion of beach combing techniques.

    * Coasts In Crisis
    US government site about coasts, looking at topics such as types of beaches, coastal conflicts of interest, human intervention in coastal development, and types of coast line. The content is detailed and not suited to younger students. A very good resource for high school or A' Level students.

    * Coral Reef Fishes
    Good information about reef inhabiting fish. There is informative text, the 'fish of the week' and plenty of pictures. An excellent school resource.

    * Explore the Ocean
    A useful list of links to Ocean related sites on the World Wide includes a section of links of special use to teachers along with a range of general links arranged by topic. Last updated in February 1998

    * Kaikoura Canyon
    The canyon is the New Zealand home of the giant squid, and this site tells of an expedition to discover and observe the Squid in it's natural habitat.

    * OCEAN98
    Be informed about ocean activities, expeditions and events. Another site that looks at what's happening in and on the oceans, There are numerous topics, all interesting, covering topics as wide apart as marine screensavers and 'In Viti Levu; Cannibal Isles' !

    * Ocean Acronyms
    Acronyms are words created by using the initials of other words, like NASA, NATO etc. There are a number of marine and ocean acronyms listed here, together with their meanings. A handy resource to print out and keep in the classroom.

    * Ocean Planet
    The Ocean Planet was a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition about the Oceans. This site is an online version of the exhibition containing all the text and most of the illustrations from the original. There are also some teaching resources aimed at middle and high schools.

    * Pollution at Sea
    NASA shuttle information is used to track ocean pollution. There is a set of satellite images showing pollution events, especially around the Arabian Gulf area. An interesting use of satellite technology to monitor pollution and the environment.

    * Satellite Observing Systems
    Wave heights across the world for 48 hours ago. This is an Advanced site and suited only to students undertaking higher level studies. If you are interested in the use of satellite imaging to calculate wave heights and marine conditions, it's an excellent resource.

    * Sea Surface Temperature
    An archive of Satellite images showing sea temperatures around the world. There is an online lesson plan explaining how the images can be used, and a key to the false colours used in the images. There are over 20,000 images from which to choose so you should be able to find something of local interest.

    * The World-Wide Web Virtual Library
    There is a valuable collection of links in this Oceanography section of the library. Different continents are covered separately, and there are links to journals, societies, conferences, search engines and newsgroups about Oceans. The site is not ideal for beginners or younger students who may find the content too technical and not very relevant.

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