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Ch. 19 The Ocean Basins Sect. 19.1. Oceanography The study of the physical characteristics, chemical composition and life forms of the ocean Matthew F.

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1 Ch. 19 The Ocean Basins Sect. 19.1

2 Oceanography The study of the physical characteristics, chemical composition and life forms of the ocean Matthew F. Maury - began early study in 1850’s using records from navy ships

3 Why Study Oceanography To Feed Us - Aquaculture To predict weather Mineral Resources

4 Global Ocean Covers 3/4 of the earth’s surface (this is the most prominent feature on Earth!) contains 97% of all the water on the earth Totals 1/800 of Earth’s total volume 5 oceans: Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic and Southern (Antarctic) smaller areas of the oceans are called seas

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6 Pacific Ocean Largest, Deepest (contains more than ½ the ocean water) Has many trenches and few abyssal planes Ring of Fire Deepest Trench- Mariana Trench

7 Atlantic 2’nd largest ocean Shallowest (avg. depth 3.9km) Many sea routes between eastern and western hemispheres

8 Indian Ocean 3’rd largest less than 1/2 the size of the Pacific Contains many ridges Monsoons

9 Southern Ocean (Antarctic Ocean) Coldest Least Salty Extends from the tip of Antarctica to 60 degrees South latitude Contains largest current

10 Arctic Ocean Smallest Mostly surrounded by land Central part permanently covered with ice and surrounded by water in summer. Completely frozen in winter

11 Technology in Ocean Exploration Drilling Ships JOIDES Resolution Take Core samples

12 Submersibles Underwater research vessels including the following:

13 Bathysphere One of the first that was linked to the surface with a cable

14 Bathyscaph Self-propelled Free-moving Alvin and Nautile Alvin

15 Robotics Argo and Jason Jr Used to discover the Titanic

16 Size of Jason Junior

17 SONAR Sound Navigation and Ranging consists of a transmitter and receiver sound waves are used to map and make profiles of the ocean floor

18 * * Transmitter sends out sound waves @ 1500 m/s * * Sound waves are reflected back to receiver * * The time elapsed gives depth or distance: Speed = Distance Time Distance = Speed x time Time = Distance Speed

19 …it would take 125 years to totally map the ocean floor using sonar…

20 …these days we can use satellite altimetry! The bumps & dips on the ocean’s surface mimic the topography of the ocean floor. SEASAT (and later GEOSAT) circle the earth; their sensitive radar altimeters send data used to create ocean floor maps.

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