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- This video could fit in any lesson or unit dealing with ecosystems, oceanography, marine biology, plants, or taxonomy.
- A tiny drop of sea water, typically a staple lab exercise in most middle school classrooms, could be explored and tied into a lesson on the ocean food web. This video would make a nice complement to close out the lesson and tie the concepts together by demonstrating how something so small could have such a large impact on Earth's climate system.
- Might be a great addition to a middle school level classroom on the food web and how climate change is affecting the web of life.
About the Science
- Green Machines is a NASA video that discusses phytoplankton as an important carbon sink. NASA satellites monitor global changes in phytoplankton and relate to changes in ocean sea surface temperature this past decade.
- Video documents importance of phytoplankton to marine food chain and how scientists can study changes in phytoplankton density from satellites.
- Comments from expert scientist: The video effectively makes some simple but crucial points about the importance of phytoplankton and potential effects of global warming.