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EXPLORING THE OCEAN BLUE: A WEBQUEST
"Blue Planet" is the Earth's nickname because from space it looks like a giant blue marble! That's due to the blue coloring of the Earth's oceans which make up 71% of our planet. Learn more about the Oceans with this fun/informative webquest.


1. The youngest of the world's ocean, the Atlantic Ocean's Gulf Stream brings warmer temperatures to Northern Europe. What is the name of the fish, thought to be extinct, found off the coast of southern Africa in 1938?__________After the Great Barrier Reef, found off the coast of Australia, this reef in the Atlantic Ocean is the second largest._________Near which country is it located?________ What is the name for the area of the Atlantic known for mysterious boat and airplane disappearances?_________ Find the answers at this link:IloveIndia

2. The third largest of the world's oceans, the India Ocean touches the continents of Africa, Asia and Australia. The Indian Ocean also is the warmest of all the oceans. Another name for the Indian Ocean is "Ratnakara"". What does this translate to mean?____________What is happening to the Indian Ocean each year?__________ What was discovered submerged in the souther area of the Indian Ocean?__________What is it called?__________ Find the answers at this link: IloveIndia

3. The most shallow and the smallest ocean is the Arctic Ocean. From which word did this ocean get its name and what does it mean?__________ Why was it called this?________________What are the two waterways of the Arctic?____________ Which mammal only lives in this Arctic Ocean?____________Find the answers at this link:Iloveindia

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1. In 2012, film director, James Cameron went to the deepest point of Mariana Trench in a submersible called DeepSea Challenger to a depth of 35,787ft(from NG Magazine/June 2013) That's almost seven miles down! The only other manned expedition took place in 1960, when Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard went in a bathyscaphe into the Mariana Trench to a depth of 35,813 ft.

2. If you measure the tallest mountain from the sea floor up, Mt. Everest isn't the record holder! The highest mountain would be Mauna Kea, in Hawaii. It is 33,474 ft. from the ocean floor but only 13, 680 ft. above sea level.

3. The earth has an estimated 315,000 miles of coastlines. That's enough miles to go 12 times around the Equator! 4. The Ring of Fire located in the Pacific Ocean is the largest zone of active volcanoes on the sea floor. There are about 1133 of volcanoes!

5. The longest mountain range on Earth is found in the Atlantic Ocean, from Antarctica to Iceland!

6. In 2019, Victor Vescovo(Deep Dives)successfully became the first person to dive down into all the Earth's deepest trenches. He went further in the Mariana Trench than James Cameron reaching 35,853 ft. down.
7. In 2020, astronaut Kathy Sullivan did something NO other person on earth(@7.4 billion people)has ever done. She was the first woman to walk(1984) in space and in 2020, Sullivan went down into the Mariana's Trench, reaching a depth of 35,810 ft.

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This resource would go great with my Ocean Webquest:


Learn about Jacques Cousteau with this Reader's Theater Script: Oceanographer, photographer,filmmaker, scientist, writer, inventor, Cousteau spent his life studying the oceans and the marine life that lived in the oceans. His books and films on his studies sparked much interest in our oceans and created an awareness about the need for marine conservation. Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show Series where Jacques Cousteau is a guest on her talk show and answers questions of her studio audience. There are 10 audience questioners, a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions, a teacher section with extension activities, links and the key. Jacques Cousteau: A Reader's Theater Script


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