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Lab Investigations

The following links provide the lab student with easy access to introductory animations/videos as well as pre-lab activities. Simply click on the lab title to access the appropriate link.


Nautical Charts: Investigating the Southern California Coastal Region (Pre-lab activity)


Exploring the Sea Floor Using Google Earth: Pre-lab Activity



Plate Tectonics and Sea Floor Topography (Introductory animations and videos)


Investigating Marine Sediments (Introductory video and pre-lab activity)


Oxygen & Carbon Dioxide in Seawater (Ocean Acidification tutorial)


Global Winds, Ocean Currents and Regional Climate Patterns (Introductory animations)

Global Winds and Ocean Currents: Post-lab activity (Drifter model)


Ocean Color (Pre-lab activity and interactive links)


Interpreting Ocean Wave Models and Forecasts


Analyzing Tide Patterns and Tidal Charts (Introductory animations and videos)


Concepts in Coastal Navigation (Pre-lab activity; print-out and complete worksheet. Grayscale okay)


El Niño – Southern Oscillation (Introductory animations and pre-lab activity)

ENSO Lab Interactive Links