SEAPLEX for Teachers

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Presentation given to group of high school marine science teachers on the Scripps Environmental Accumulation of Plastics Expedition and how teachers can get involved.

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SEAPLEX for Teachers

  1. 1. Journey to the Center of the Gyre: The Scripps Environmental Accumulation of Plastic Expedition (SEAPLEX) Miriam Goldstein Scripps Institution of Oceanography March 6, 2009
  2. 2. Mission: Find & explore the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”
  3. 3. Outline of Talk <ul><li>The North Pacific Gyre and why it’s (probably) filled with plastic </li></ul><ul><li>The SEAPLEX cruise </li></ul><ul><li>How YOU and your students can get involved! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Wind-driven circulation: How the plastic gets to the middle of the ocean
  5. 5. Trade winds and westerlies (jet stream) drive the oceanic gyres
  6. 6. Stuff accumulates in the calm center of the North Pacific Gyre
  7. 7. And since plastic doesn’t biodegrade…
  8. 8. The SEAPLEX Cruise Track August 5-17, 2009
  9. 9. SEAPLEX Science: Where is the plastic? NOAA
  10. 10. The mighty plankton tow
  11. 11. SEAPLEX Science: Ecosystem Effects <ul><li>Effect on zooplankton </li></ul><ul><li>Transport of invasive species </li></ul><ul><li>Ingestion by midwater fishes </li></ul><ul><li>Transport of persistant organic pollutants (DDT, PCBs) </li></ul><ul><li>Alteration of bacterial community </li></ul><ul><li>Transport to the sea floor (4000 meters down!) </li></ul>
  12. 12. SEAPLEX wants YOU! <ul><li>Teacher excited about new media </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinate online outreach and development of educational materials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Photos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Earth tour </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lesson plans that fulfill curricular requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>??? </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. SEAPLEX in the classroom <ul><li>One of the first expeditions to fully incorporate new media </li></ul><ul><li>But …takes place August 5-17 </li></ul><ul><li>Suggestions? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Demonstrations <ul><li>Misleading “trash gyre” info on internet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Greenpeace animation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purported photo </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Example of a cruise blog </li></ul><ul><li>Example of cruise Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Example of Google Earth tour </li></ul>

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