Oceanography – Deep Ocean
What are some important physical aspects of the ocean? In today’s activities, campers explored ocean chemistry and physics. They explored ocean chemistry by setting up a week-long experiment to investigate the effect of pH on shells. Since many organisms in the ocean depend on a shell as their primary home/protection it’s difficult for them to build and maintain a shell when ocean pH is dropping – aka ocean acidification is happening. They were also introduced to physics by modeling how light penetrates the ocean depths. Our budding Oceanographers created a model of the ocean that illustrates how certain wavelengths of light only reach so far down.
Ask your camper: What color (wavelength) of light reaches the furthest depths of the ocean (blue).