A laboratory activity to learn about heat transport through the Earth’s oceans (the great ocean conveyor belt) and the effects of this ocean conveyor belt on global climate.
Students will model the flow of heat through the oceans, learn about the effects of changes in temperature and density of ocean water on currents, and discuss how the Earth’s ocean conveyor belt influences the climate of different regions and the lives of marine organisms.
Use this tool to help your students find answers to:
- Describe the global ocean conveyor belt model for heat transport through the oceans.
- What are thermohaline currents? How do they influence climate in different parts of the world?
- How could the melting of ice caps affect the ocean conveyor belt? What could be the possible consequences for living organisms in deep water?
About the Tool
|Tool Name||Global Ocean Conveyor Belt|
|Topic(s) in Discipline||Energy; Density; Temperature; Heat Transfer; Heat Transport; Thermohaline Circulation;|
|Climate Topic||Climate and the Hydrosphere|
|Type of Tool||Laboratory Activity|
|Grade Level||High School|
|Developed by||ANDRILL Antarctic Geological Drilling|
|Hosted at||ANDRILL Antarctic Geological Drilling|