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1 Ocean Currents The Reality of Sending a Message in a Bottle

2 Why does the Ocean have waves? Why does the Ocean have waves? What are the parts of a wave? What are the parts of a wave? How does water move in a wave? How does water move in a wave? What happens when a wave hits a beach? What happens when a wave hits a beach?

3 Define wave: Wave – a rhythmic movement that carries energy through matter or space. Wave – a rhythmic movement that carries energy through matter or space. in the ocean, waves move through seawater. in the ocean, waves move through seawater.

4 Parts of a wave Crest Trough Wavelength Wave height

5 Parts of a wave: Crest – the highest part of a wave. Crest – the highest part of a wave. Trough – the lowest part of a wave. Trough – the lowest part of a wave. Wavelength – the distance between two adjacent crests. Wavelength – the distance between two adjacent crests. Wave height – the vertical distance between the lowest part and the highest part. Wave height – the vertical distance between the lowest part and the highest part.

6 More wave words  Frequency – the number of complete waves (or oscillations) that occur over a given period of time. Usually measured in cycles per second.  Amplitude – half the wave height

7 Most waves caused by wind Friction from the wind moving over the water causes the water to move along with the wind. Friction from the wind moving over the water causes the water to move along with the wind. If the wind speed is high enough, the water begins to pile up and a wave is formed. If the wind speed is high enough, the water begins to pile up and a wave is formed.

8 How does water move in a wave? Some clues: When you were at the beach, you probably noticed that the edge of the water goes back and forth with the waves. When you were at the beach, you probably noticed that the edge of the water goes back and forth with the waves. If you float an object on the ocean, it stays roughly in one place. It is not pushed forward by the waves. If you float an object on the ocean, it stays roughly in one place. It is not pushed forward by the waves.

9 How water moves in a wave: Particles of water move around in circles. The farther below the surface, the smaller the circle. At a depth about equal to half the wavelength, the motion stops.

10 At the beach: Wavelength decrease and wave height increases as waves approach the shore. Wavelength decrease and wave height increases as waves approach the shore. Constant Wavelength Waves drag against the bottom and wave length decreases

11 At the beach, part 2 As the wave slows, its crest and trough come closer together. The top of the wave is not slowed by friction and moves faster than the bottom. As the wave slows, its crest and trough come closer together. The top of the wave is not slowed by friction and moves faster than the bottom. The top of the wave outruns the bottom and falls over. This collapsing wave is called a breaker.

12 Ocean Current Layers Surface Currents – upper 10% of the ocean; upper 400 m Surface Currents – upper 10% of the ocean; upper 400 m Pycnocline – the layer between surface and deep waters; where a rapid change in temperature, salinity and density occur Pycnocline – the layer between surface and deep waters; where a rapid change in temperature, salinity and density occur Deep Current – lower 90% of the ocean Deep Current – lower 90% of the ocean

13 Ocean Water Properties How they impact ocean currents How they impact ocean currents Temperature – remember heat rises!Temperature – remember heat rises! Salinity – remember salty water sinks!Salinity – remember salty water sinks! Density – a function of temperature and salinityDensity – a function of temperature and salinity

14 Ocean Surface Temperatures

15 Temperature vs. Currents

16 Ocean Surface Salinities

17 Ocean Density

18 Primary Current Forces These Start the Water MOVING: These Start the Water MOVING: Solar HeatingSolar Heating WindsWinds GravityGravity Coriolis Force/EffectCoriolis Force/Effect

19 Current Forces Explained Sun/solar heating - causes water to expand and move Sun/solar heating - causes water to expand and move Winds - push the water; winds blowing for 10 hrs across ocean will cause the surface water to ~2% wind speed; wind has the greatest effect on surface currents Winds - push the water; winds blowing for 10 hrs across ocean will cause the surface water to ~2% wind speed; wind has the greatest effect on surface currents Gravity - pull water downhill or pile against the pressure gradient (high/low); influences tides Gravity - pull water downhill or pile against the pressure gradient (high/low); influences tides

20 Winds

21 Wind Driven Ocean Currents

22 Current Influences (cont’d) Coriolis effect/force - Force due to the Earth's rotation, capable of generating currents. It causes moving bodies to be deflected to the right in the Northern Hemisphere and to the left in the Southern Hemisphere. The "force" is proportional to the speed and latitude of the moving object. It is zero at the equator and maximum at the poles Coriolis effect/force - Force due to the Earth's rotation, capable of generating currents. It causes moving bodies to be deflected to the right in the Northern Hemisphere and to the left in the Southern Hemisphere. The "force" is proportional to the speed and latitude of the moving object. It is zero at the equator and maximum at the poleshttp://www.csc.noaa.gov/text/glossary.html causes the water to move around the mound of water causes the water to move around the mound of water

23 Surface Currents Surface current – with surface circulation is less dense and influenced by winds Surface current – with surface circulation is less dense and influenced by winds 1.Warm surface currents: wind and Earth’s rotation 2.Cold surface currents: flow towards the equator 3.Upwelling current: cold, nutrient rich; result of wind 4.Western Boundary currents: warm & fast 5.Eastern Boundary currents: broad, slow, cool & shallow, associated with upwelling Ex: Gulf Stream = surface current that is the upper 20% of the ocean, western boundary current Ex: Gulf Stream = surface current that is the upper 20% of the ocean, western boundary current

24 Deep Currents Deep water – cold, dense, salty; move by density forces and gravity; move slower than layers above Deep water – cold, dense, salty; move by density forces and gravity; move slower than layers above Thermohaline Circulation: is global ocean circulation. It is driven by differences in the density of the sea water which is controlled by temperature (thermal) and salinity (haline). In the North Atlantic it transports warm and salty water to the North. There the water is cooled and sinks into the deep ocean. This newly formed deep water is subsequently exported southward. This slow (~0.1 m/s), but giant circulation has a flow equal to about 100 Amazon Rivers. Together with the Gulf Stream it contributes to the comparatively warm sea surface temperature along the coast of western Europe and to the relative mild European winters. Once the water are in the deep, they remain there for up to 1000 years.Thermohaline Circulation: is global ocean circulation. It is driven by differences in the density of the sea water which is controlled by temperature (thermal) and salinity (haline). In the North Atlantic it transports warm and salty water to the North. There the water is cooled and sinks into the deep ocean. This newly formed deep water is subsequently exported southward. This slow (~0.1 m/s), but giant circulation has a flow equal to about 100 Amazon Rivers. Together with the Gulf Stream it contributes to the comparatively warm sea surface temperature along the coast of western Europe and to the relative mild European winters. Once the water are in the deep, they remain there for up to 1000 years.http://www.climate.unibe.ch/~christof/div/fact4thc.html Ex: Global Conveyer Belt = deep current that is the lower 20% of the ocean; takes 1,000 years to complete the cycle Ex: Global Conveyer Belt = deep current that is the lower 20% of the ocean; takes 1,000 years to complete the cycle

25 Global Conveyer Belt Thermohaline circulation links the Earth's oceans. Cold, dense, salty water from the North Atlantic sinks into the deep and drives the circulation like a giant plunger. Thermohaline circulation links the Earth's oceans. Cold, dense, salty water from the North Atlantic sinks into the deep and drives the circulation like a giant plunger. Graphic -

26 Other Currents Gyres – large mounds of water; large circular currents in the ocean basin Gyres – large mounds of water; large circular currents in the ocean basin Ex: North Atlantic Gyre = consists of 4 separate currents – N. Equatorial, Gulf Stream, N. Atlantic Drift and Canary Currents Ex: North Atlantic Gyre = consists of 4 separate currents – N. Equatorial, Gulf Stream, N. Atlantic Drift and Canary Currents

27 Ocean Currents & Living Things Currents are important to marine life as they help move food and nutrients making them available for photosynthesis, metabolic requirements and or consumption. Currents are important to marine life as they help move food and nutrients making them available for photosynthesis, metabolic requirements and or consumption.

28 OCEAN Motion Foldable (2 Tab Foldable) Take your sheet of copy paper and fold it “Hamburger” style Then fold the paper again “Hamberger” style Look at my paper to make sure you’ve done it correctly before cutting.

29 4. Cut only the top sheet of paper at the fold line (creating 2 flaps covering the back of paper) Look at my example. Write Title on top flap “ Causes of Ocean Motion ” Write Title on other top flap “ Effects of Ocean Motion ”

30 Under “Causes” Flap write 2 causes for each type of motion ****USE PGS TO HELP Currents Waves

31 Under “Effects” flap Write at least 2 effects of the 4 different types of Ocean Motion Surface Current: Density Currents: Waves: Tides: ****USE PGS TO HELP

32 Parts of a wave Crest Trough Wavelength Wave height


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