Lesson 2 - Page 6


PROBLEM: Can you define the different features of the ocean bottom?


MATERIALS: hydrographic globe showing the ocean bottom, globe, worksheets

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PROCEDURE: Use appropriate maps to answer the following questions either on the map or space provided.

1. Orient your map or globe to point north. What is the name of the northernmost ocean?

What types of features can you see on this ocean floor?

2. What is the name of the ocean between North America and Africa?

What is the major ocean floor feature in this ocean?

What caused this feature to form?

What other types of sea floor features can be found in this ocean?

3. Find the Indian Ocean. In what direction do the fault lines run?

What does the Y-shaped feature in the Indian Ocean represent?

4. Find an ocean trench. Islands are usually associated with ocean trenches. Name some island chains that lie on ocean trenches (clue: South Pacific Islands).

5. What is the name of the major feature that is to the immediate left of the United States? What could have caused this feature to form?

6. List all the basins named on the map. List them under the appropriate ocean (i.e., Atlantic).


Describe where the sediments are located.

The Mid-Atlantic Ridge is commonly described as an arch that is broken by faults. What do the faults look like in this profile?


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The top picture is a seismic profile in the Red Sea. The bottom is the interpretation. See if you can find the clues that allow for the bottom interpretation. See if you can mentally see these faults.

CONCLUSION: What features were the easiest and the most difficult to identify?


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