INTRODUCTION • Over the centuries of human history the ocean has produced fear and wonder in each of us. It is only in recent times, the past 150 years, that we as a species have begun to unravel the mystery that is our ocean. The individuals who follow this thread are exceptional in their own right. The information they have gathered brings to light just how important the ocean is to the future of our planet. TASK • Your task will be to educate the class on who your assigned ocean explorer is using the internet as your information medium. • More detailed tasks will be addressed in the Process slide of this presentation. Remember to support your data with references. Use caution on personal websites and remember to back up your information. EDUCATION IS THE MOST POWERFUL TOOL FOR COMBATING IGNORANCE You will be assigned one of the following 3 explorers: JACQUES COUSTEAU Sylvia Earle ROBERT D. BALLARD Essential Questions Why should we be interested in these 3 people? How can their research help us? Process • Split into 3 groups of 3. Each group will be assigned an explorer. Individual members of the group will research their explorer via the internet. The groups will conduct individual research. When this research is completed the group will develop a presentation for the class. This presentation list all of the pertinent data and be compiled neatly and sequentially onto a disk. Split up tasks evenly. It is very important that the group work together as a whole. Individual research should complement the group project. AS A GROUP YOU WILL: 1. Find out who your explorer is 2. Discover what research project put your explorer on the map 3. Research conservation impacts that he/she has made. 4. Identify your explorers conservation implications for the future 5. Tell the class why we need to know all of this information INDIVIDUALLY YOU WILL: Share with the class your views on how this project has changed your outlook on the ocean Resources: www.whoi.edu www.noaa.gov www.nationalgeographic.com www.mysticaquarium.org www.cousteausociety.org Conclusion We know more about the surface of Mars than we do about the bottom of the ocean. It is imperative that oceanic research be supported and potential problems be identified for the continued health and well being of our planet. These 3 ocean pioneers started a chain reaction in our thirst for knowledge of what lives beneath the seas. Each generation should dive deeper into the depths of our understanding of the sea.