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NOAA Ocean Explorer

Friday, March 16th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Cool Sites

NOAA Ocean Explorer

Welcome to Ocean Explorer! Are you ready to dive right in and explore the depths of the sea? I know I am, especially after I found out that Narwhals is one of the explorations. (Check them out here). I’ve loved narwhals since I was a little girl and now I can learn all about them and their migration process. That’s pretty neat, right? And that’s only the tip of the iceberg, so to speak!

The navigation for this site is really easy. You can just use the navigation bar at the top of the page to surf between these sections: Explorations, Gallery, Technology, History, Library, Education and For Fun.

Explorations – Here you can not only find the explorations of 2006 (the 2007 season hasn’t started yet), but you can get the last five years worth of explorations as well. From shipwrecks off the coasts of Greece and the Caribbean to the discovery of new sea life or even the explorations of underwater volcanoes, there is a lot to explore and discover here.

Gallery – You can probably figure out what you’ll find here. There are amazing pictures of maps, creatures, the people who explore the seas, artifacts from shipwrecks and so much more!

Technology – Here you will examine the tools that make the explorations of our seas possible. Finally, we have the ability to explore the oceans and seas around us in noninvasive ways. From the ships and submersibles to the diving tools and sensors, you can find out all about the great gadgets that are used.

Library – Here you can check out a resource library of great depth. Not only can you find publications of findings, but there is also a digital library of documents, letters, autobiographies and more.

Education – If you’re a teacher, here you can find lesson plans, curriculums and much more to help you teach about the ocean exploration and such in your classroom. There’s even multimedia learning objects and a glossary that defines the terms for you. Let’s also not forget about the Ocean Challenge Puzzle.

For Fun – Here you will find desktop wallpaper (free), puzzles and a calendar. There’s a great photo puzzle as well. It’s a slide puzzle where you have to shift the pieces until you get the correct complete image. Then you’ll find another link to the Ocean Challenge Puzzle, which you will need a Flash Player to use (get one here for free). You answer questions to reveal the puzzle tile. I spent about an hour doing it. It was a lot of fun and I learned so much.

Well, I’m ready to get back to my puzzle solving. I hope you enjoy this site as much as I did!

~ Amanda

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