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Ocean and Coasts

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Looking north at Delaware Seashore State Park
Photographer: Mr. William Folsom, NOAA, NMFS,
Oceans and Coasts

June is World Ocean Month - Our Ocean and Coasts education resources collections are highlighted. While there is only one global ocean, the vast body of water that covers 71 percent of Earth is geographically divided into distinct regions. The U.S. recognizes five named oceans: Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, Pacific, and Southern.

The ocean and large inland lakes play an integral role in many of the Earth's systems including climate and weather. More than 50% of all species on Earth are found under the ocean and the ocean helps sustain human life above the water by providing 20 percent of the animal protein and five percent of the total protein in the human diet. In the US alone, there are over 95,000 miles of shoreline. More than half of the US population lives within 50 miles of the coast in the narrow area of land known as the "coastal zone.

This area of the education resources website provides links to NOAA resources which help explore the physical and chemical properties of the ocean and its adjacent ecosystems to advance ocean literacy. NOAA protects, preserves, manages and enhances the resources found in 3.5 million square miles of coastal and deep ocean waters. The agency provides products, services and information that promote safe navigation, support coastal communities, sustain marine ecosystems, and mitigate coastal hazards.

Source: NOAA Ocean Fact Sheet and National Ocean Service Ocean Facts

Education Resource Link Collections
Gulf Oil Spill

Gulf Oil Spill

Links to current information, images, and data about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and related educational activities...Read more
Ocean Currents

Ocean Currents

Educational resources including lesson plans, data, videos and hands-on activities about the causes, types, locations, and influences of ocean currents....Read more
Ocean Floor Features

Ocean Floor Features

Educational resources and lesson plans about the exciting, dynamic, and largely unexplored features of the ocean floor....Read more
Ocean Pollution

Ocean Pollution

Lessons and resources for educators to use when teaching about the different types of pollution in the ocean....Read more
Tides

Tides

Resources that explore the causes of tides and the impacts on sea life and marine navigation....Read more
Tsunami

Tsunami

Education resources for teaching about tsunami waves and tsunami safety....Read more