Show Your Stuff
One of the following activities can show what you have learned in your investigation.
Refer to the Resources to find links to help you with your research.
1. Go to the Tides of Change site and view the demonstration on why the moon is seen as phases. Then write a short paragraph on what you learned.
2. Research a career that is related to oceanography. Develop a set of interview questions which you review with your teacher, then e-mail several scientists. Ask the scientists if you may interview them via e-mail. Report your findings to the class. Submit a copy of the e-mail that you sent and that you received, which should include theURL, to your teacher. Remember to thank the scientists after you have received their reply.
3. Using a graphics program, such as Hyperstudio, teach the class about the orbit and phases of the moon and how they relate to the tides.
4. Now that you understand the difference between diurnal, semidiurnal and mixed tides, find three different sea coasts which exhibit these tides. Record the tidal data in chart form for one month. Correspond the tides with the phase of the moon during the month.
5. Write a report on the history, mission and information gained from the TOPEX/Poseidon satellite. Include graphics downloaded from various real-time or near-real time TOPEX/Poseidon databases.
6. Using images from TOPEX/Poseidon databases, select regions of the world that have extremes in sea-surface variability and wave height; for example, the Bay of Fundy, the polar regions, etc. Research the databases going back to 1992 and determine if any major changes have occurred. Organize your information in chart form and write up your conclusions based upon the data. Correspond with scientists at TOPEX/Poseidon for assistance in this work.