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View Resource Toxic and Harmful Algal Blooms Educational Activities

These four lesson plans focus on understanding toxic and harmful algal blooms. Designed for use in conjunction with Bigelow Laboratory's "Toxic and Harmful Algal Bloom" web site. Each module includes background, learning objectives, student preparation, and standards-related classroom or lab activity. Topics cover: role of algae in the food web; development of algal blooms; impacts and...

View Resource Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

A wealth of information concerning the Bigelow Lab, found in West Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Explore the site's three main components, research, education, and the institution. Find course information, past, present, and future expedition information, current lab news, and more. Education section features many classroom and interactive computer activities all focusing on marine life. Research...

View Resource Building a Bloom

This activity will help students understand algal blooms. They will devise their own experiments to test the effects of nutrients on algal growth, or younger students may follow the steps outlined in a sample activity which is provided. Students will be reminded that they need to have controls and replicates in their experiments. As a result of this activity, students will come to understand the...

View Resource Ship Mates

Excellent site by Bigelow Laboratory presents seasonal data from the Gulf of Maine, introduces principles and technologies of oceanographic research. Measurements of ocean temperature, salinity, chlorophyll, plus research cruise logs and scientists' insights, are used in data analysis activities. Investigates phytoplankton productivity, seasonal layering and mixing of Gulf water, diversity of...

View Resource From the Top of the World...to the Bottom of the Food Web

These four teaching units show how NASA satellites measure ocean productivity. Topics cover: marine food web from producers to consumers and decomposers; phytoplankton diversity, classification and adaptations; studying photosynthesis with technology, from microscopes to satellites; and biology of algal blooms. Units include: background, lesson plans using on-line data or instructions for...

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