Where in the World is the Open Ocean

The lesson begins with a hands-on activity where students discover that the Earth is 70% water and 30% land. After the realization that the ocean is vast, the class will view a presentation that will introduce them to the parts or zones of the Open Ocean and discuss why the Hawaii an Islands have no continental shelf. Next, the class will be introduced to bathymetry and how it relates to the zones of the Open Ocean. To wrap the lesson up, students will use a bathymetric map of the Hawaiian Islands to locate and describe inshore and offshore or open ocean areas.

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bathymetry, benthic zone, continental shelf, hypothesis, inshore, offshore, open ocean, pelagic zone