will predict the course of flow of an oil spill taking
into consideration ocean currents and density.
Purpose – Application piece where students predict
the route of an oil spill using knowledge of ocean currents.
will be able to:
1. Predict the flow of an oil spill and depict it
on a map.
2. Explain the predicted route of the oil spill using
knowledge of ocean currents in a short presentation to
CONTENT STANDARD D: Earth and Space Science
ENERGY IN THE EARTH SYSTEM
Earth systems have internal and external sources of energy,
both of which create heat. The sun is the major external
source of energy. Two primary sources of internal energy
are the decay of radioactive isotopes and the gravitational
energy from the earth’s original formation.
Heating of earth’s surface and atmosphere by
the sun drives convection within the atmosphere and
producing winds and ocean currents.
Global climate is determined by energy transfer from
the sun at and near the earth’s surface. This energy
transfer is influenced by dynamic processes such as cloud
cover and the earth’s rotation, and static conditions
such as the position of mountain ranges and oceans.
Movement of matter between reservoirs is driven by the
earth’s internal and external sources of energy.
These movements are often accompanied by a change in
the physical and chemical properties of the matter. Carbon,
for example, occurs in carbonate rocks such as limestone,
in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide gas, in water as
carbon dioxide, and in all organisms as complex molecules
that control the chemistry of life.
No specific background is necessary, but the site
below contains great information about oil spills and
provides links to other sites.
General Questions about Oil Spills
Related and Resource Websites
Comparing the Worst Oil Spills