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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Teachers' Curriculum
"The Land-Sea Connection"

Cover | Table of Contents | Introduction | Background | Investigation 1 | Investigation 2
Glossary | Teacher Resources | Curriculum Evaluation | Credits

Table of Contents




Table of Contents

Background Information

NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries

Ecosystem Monitoring in the Sanctuaries

Meet DeepWorker

Investigation 1: How Would an Oil Spill Affect the Sanctuary?

Activity: Danger - Oil Spill in the Sanctuary!

Investigation 2: A Close Look at Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Activity: Conducting a Transect Along the Seafloor: NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Appendix 1: Glossary

Appendix 2: Teacher Resources

Appendix 2: Curriculum Evaluation

Figures and Tables

Oil Spill Activity Cards


GIS Overlay--Coastline, Bathymetry, & Boundry

GIS Overlay--Vessel Traffic

GIS Overlay--Current& Prevailing Winds

GIS Overlay--Sea Otter Sightings

GIS Overlay--Pinniped Haul-Out Areas

GIS Overlay--Recreation Areas

GIS Overlay--Seabird Nesting Areas

GIS Overlay--Coastal Watersheds

GIS Overlay--Trawl Fishery Areas

MBS Bathyymetry Chart

Benthic Habitats in the Monterey Canyon

Animal Species in The MBNMS

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