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# Take Home Lab: Ocean Circulation This lab covers several aspects of Ocean Circulation, a process that governs much of the biology of the oceans. NOTE...

Take Home Lab: Ocean Circulation This lab covers several aspects of Ocean Circulation, a process that governs much of the biology of the oceans. It is a computer exercise that will help you understand the types of data that oceanographers collect and how that data can be used. NOTE This is a lab that we you will do at home because there are no labs the week of Thanksgiving. This lab is due anytime prior to Mid-Term 1. This will make the material most useful to your understanding of the lecture material. Instructions: Go to http://funnel.sfsu.edu/courses/geol103/labs/currents/currents.home.html. Follow along the lab exercise and answer the questions below. Part 1 Section 1 A) Plot the 1995 data from 3 buoys in the North Pacific (Table 1) on the Eastern and Western Pacific maps provided below. Use longitude and latitude data to plot the position of each buoy location during the year; then connect the locations with lines and draw an arrow to show the direction of motion. Note that a negative longitude is the same as a west longitude, e.g. -130=130W, +130=130E. Aternatively, you can use the website http://www.aquarius.geomar.de/make_map.html . If you use the website (recommended), use the following settings: North 60, South -20 East -80, West -240 Click: Grid On Map, b/w map, plot user defined locations (from the exercise). When plotting the bouys, you might find it easier to shorten their names (or name the start and end points) so that the map doesn’t become too crowded. Map can be printing using the Create Map button. B) What are the names of the surface currents that moved the buoys whose courses you plotted (refer to linked map)? Buoy 12410: Buoy 15022: Buoy 22217: C) What is the name of the current that moves water past the coast of California?
D) Do you think it carries warm or cold water past the coast of California?
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