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Acid ocean

Secondary

Description

As we burn fossil fuels carbon dioxide is seeping into the oceans. The result is ocean acidification that is threatening marine life. In this segment of the Water Brothers series, the hosts take us to the Pacific Northwest  to meet scallop and mussel farmers who are already experiencing the impacts of this phenomena and are losing millions of dollars. Diving near a volcano in Italy that causes nearby waters to be naturally higher in acidity, the Brothers see first - hand what the rest of the ocean might look like in the future if the trend continues.

Further information is also available to allow students to dive deeper into issues raised in the video.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

Acid Oceans has relevance for a number of curriculum units related to the effects of climate change. It would also be a useful resource for those courses or units of study that focus on the health of and economic importance of oceans or marine environments.

It might also be of interest to Chemistry units that examine ph and acidification, Biology units that explore adaptation, and Science units that investigate ecosystems and habitat degradation.

The video is perhaps best used to introduce the above issues, followed by more in-depth student study.

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Themes Addressed

  • Air, Atmosphere & Climate (1)

    • Climate Change
  • Ecosystems (1)

    • Biodiversity
  • Food & Agriculture (1)

    • Food Security
  • Water (1)

    • Marine Environments