EXPLORE -- MAKE THE CONNECTION:
What is the connection between ocean and climate?
The route of the A'wila Tribal Journey has our team paddling along the coast line of the Pacific Ocean.
Stretching from from Antarctica’s Ross Sea to the Bering Sea off Alaska, the The Pacific Ocean is the world's largest body of water. A massive ocean, its area is 165 million square kilometers -- all the continental land masses of the planet could be places in the Pacific Ocean and there would still be room left over! Canada’s Pacific coast, which stretches for 29,489 kilometers, makes up 11% of Canada’s total coastline.
Explore the Ocean at PolarHusky.com >>
Explore the serious issue of acidification of our oceans -- and watch the Acid Test movie with NRDC >>
The World Ocean is changing. It’s less salty than it used to be. And it’s more acidic than ever before.
That’s a problem, because the ocean is vital to life on earth as we know it! Oceans cover more than 70 percent of the earth. Warmed by the sun, surface water in the ocean or on land turns into water vapor and floats into the atmosphere where it cools down and turns into water again. This atmospheric water falls back to earth as rain or snow. Some is stored in glaciers or deep underground in the aquifer. The rest of it runs off to lakes and rivers—to start the cycle all over again. This cycle has a big impact on climate.
A perfect balance in the mixing of the ocean’s saltwater and the land’s freshwater and how this is transported around the earth makes for even temperatures so perfectly suited for life here on earth!
Explore the connection between climate change and the ocean >>
Lessons to adapt from the GoNorth! Curriculum & Activity Guide:
Module 4 - Ocean: Climate
View the module in online book >>
Earth is a system of mutually dependent parts
The ocean is a crucial part in regulating the climate and is in turn influenced by climate change
Human activities can change the balance of ecosystems
Change to one ecosystem affect other ecosystems