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Resources by Subject: Ocean Research

Resources, links, and subject pages for research topics and teacher's projects


Oceans, ocean pollution, waves and tides, biomes



Great Pacific Garbage Patch Isn’t What You Think it Is

Definition: The Great Pacific garbage patch (also Pacific trash vortex) is a garbage patch, a gyre of marine debris particles, in the central North Pacific Ocean.

North Pacific Subtropical Convergence Zone

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Definition: the incidental catch of unwanted fish (non-target species) and other marine creatures (dolphins, sea turtles, seabirds) caught during commercial fishing.

bycatch net with escape image

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Corals: Coral bleaching, coral health, restoring coral reefs, etc.

Definition: When water is too warm, corals will expel the algae (zooxanthellae) living in their tissues causing the coral to turn completely white

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Coral Bleaching

image of coral bleaching

Reef Restoration

coral reef restoration

Ecosystem and Ecology

Difference Between Ecology and Ecosystem

Ecology: Ecology is a branch of biology which deals with the relationships of organisms to one another and to their physical environment.

Ecosystem: Ecosystem is a community of interacting organisms and their physical environment.

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Great Pacific Garbage Patch:

and it's impact on the flora and fauna of the ocean

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Invasive Species:

 and their impact on ocean pollution, ocean health and on flora and fauna

Definition: an "alien species" whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.

zebra mussel invasions

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Definition: the capture of unwanted sea life while fishing for a different species (Overfishing is closely tied to bycatch)


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