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Investigating the planet's biomes and examining the modern threats to each ecosystem, this interactive series challenges young readers to look at how their own actions affect the planet's health. With...
Investigating the planet's biomes and examining the modern threats to each ecosystem, this interactive series challenges young readers to look at how their own actions affect the planet's health. With...
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  • Investigating the planet's biomes and examining the modern threats to each ecosystem, this interactive series challenges young readers to look at how their own actions affect the planet's health. With compare-and-contrast facts and vocabulary-building sidebars, each engaging guide reveals how environmental threats—both human and natural—affect plants and animals.

    Detailing the largest biome, this guide surveys the environmental threats to the earth's oceans. Teaching students about coral reefs—the rainforests of the ocean—this educational resource explores topics such as the connection between increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the bleaching of the reefs. By comparing the size of an island of floating plastic and other trash in the middle of the Pacific Ocean to the state of Texas—and how that floating island impacts ocean life—the guide shows young environmentalists why consuming less plastic is important.
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  • Oceans Landscape and Climate of the OceanAnother word for ocean is marine. The marine biome is the salt water surrounding all the continents. It includes the Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, Indian, and Southern Oceans. The ocean water is always moving because of the wind and the way the earth spins as it moves around the sun. Wind is moving air that starts with heat from the sun.

    As the sun heats up the land, the air above it heats up and rises. Cooler air over oceans moves in to take the place of the warm air as it rises. This shifting, moving air is the wind.

    When wind blows over the ocean, it pushes water on the surface. The water changes shape, forming waves. The stonger the wind, the bigger the waves.

    Currents are masses of water that are always on the move!

    Ocean currents on the surface are caused by wind and by the earth’s spinning. North of the equator in the earth’s Northern Hemisphere, circular currents flow in a clockwise direction. South of the equator in the Southern Hemisphere, currents move counterclockwise.

    Some scientists compare currents to streams or rivers within the ocean.

    The world’s tallest known wave clobbered Lituya Bay, Alaska, in 1958. This destructive wave, called a tsunami, towered 1,750 feet (525 meters). That´s higher than the Taipei 101 Tower, the world’s second-tallest building. Tsunamis are caused by underwater earthquakes.

    Although the water of the marine biome is constantly moving and mixing, water temperatures still vary quite a lot depending on location.

    Polar waters, in the far north and south near the poles, are as low as a frosty 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-2 degrees Celsius). Tropical waters, close to the equator, are more like 85 degrees Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius). The temperature at the bottom of the ocean is much colder than at the surface.

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  • Donna Latham is an award-winning author and playwright. She is the author of Amazing Biome Projects You Can Build Yourself, Backyard Biology Investigate Habitats Outside Your Door With 25 Projects, Deciduous, Forests, Deserts, Garbage Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out With 25 Projects, Norah Jones, Oceans, Respiration and Photosynthesis, Savannas and Grasslands, and Tundra. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Society of Midland Authors. She lives in Batavia, Illinois.

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