The Thermohaline Circulation - The Great Ocean Conveyor Belt
NASA /Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
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High School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 6 Cross Cutting Concepts
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- The animation needs the support of the accompanying text to explain what is going on in the visualization.
- It may be useful to watch the animation in chunks while the instructor uses the text to explain each chunk.
- Teachers could also show the animation to students several times and then have students explain what they see and what is happening.
- Note that this is a model based on current theory and not observed data (the download page has more information).
About the Science
- A visual representation of thermohaline circulation. Not narrated.
- This is a model based on current theory and modeling.
- The page also contains background information on the thermohaline dynamics.
- Comment from expert scientist: The science in this activity is certainly at the current state of the art, however I am not sure if it is accessible to people without a lot of prior knowledge.
About the Pedagogy
- Accompanying text explains why the circulation pattern is depicted as it is and what to look for in the animation - the animation would be difficult to understand without this accompanying text.