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Question Set: Light in the Ocean

NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas:

  1. How do you think depth affects the colors of objects a diver can see at a depth of 5 meters into the euphotic zone compared to a depth of 30 meters?
  2. Coral and algae need light in order for photosynthesis to take place. How do depth and the availability of light contribute to how these organisms are distributed on the ocean floor?
  3. Why do you think the water in a swimming pool is darker blue at the deep end than at the shallow end?
  4. In some places ocean water is greener than in others. How do you think this color can be explained?
  5. What are some common uses for different wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation?
Exploring Our Fluid Earth, a product of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG), College of Education. University of Hawaii, 2011. This document may be freely reproduced and distributed for non-profit educational purposes.