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Convection Currents:

What About Salt?

Teachers were asked to design their own experiments to determine what role salinity might play within our oceans.

Some of their findings included:

  • Salt water disperses more rapidly within warm water than within cold water.

  • Salt water sinks in both cold water and hot water.

  • Salt water is denser than fresh water.

  • Temperature plays a larger role in determining density than does salinity.

  • Layering/stratification occurs due to differences in density.

  • Buoyancy is greatly influenced by salinity.

Teachers found that their experiments led to further questions. Teams wanted to:

  • measure the temperature more accurately

  • measure the amount of salinity more accurately

  • figure out a way to determine the salinity

  • have more equipment available to extend their experiments further

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