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The world's ocean is heated at the surface by the sun, and this heating is uneven for many reasons. Earth's rotation, revolution around the sun, and tilt all play a role, as do the wind-driven ocean surface currents.This animation shows the long-term average sea surface temperature, with red and yellow depicting warmer waters and blue depicting colder waters.  


Scientifically-Interesting Story of Ocean Circulation

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Are you looking for a storyline to use with your students that features NASA data?  Consider using the following resources in your classroom today!

Use these resources with your students to show how warm, poleward ocean currents keep locations warm. This storyline evidences how locations from 60W to 20E longitude are kept above freezing and snow/ice-free because of the presence of warmer ocean water.

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Are you looking for a data story to use with your students that features ocean circulation and its connection to the Earth system?  Consider using the following resources in your classroom today!

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