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Summary Page: Ocean Acidification - a study of the evil twin to global warming in Antarctica
Term 4 starting 29 October 2012.

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In preparation for this field trip you will learn about

  • humans and atmospheric CO2
  • seawater and ocean acidification
  • what calcium carbonate is and is used for
  • food chains and food webs
  • marine invertebrates
  • the source of atmospheric CO2
  • why we should be concerned about ocean acidification
  • how we know there's a problem and how people can influence the world around them
During the field trip you will work with scientist Dr Miles Lamare from Otago University to find out about what happens to marine life when the temperature and acidity (pH) changes in the ocean. During the 2 week adventure you will dive into the sea beneath the sea ice, use a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to collect samples and see what the research team is discovering in the marine laboratories at Scott Base. Working and learning in Antarctica is an exciting adventure! Note: Dates may be affected by the weather.

Where you will go

You will take the 5 hour flight from Christchurch to Antarctica aboard a C17 aircraft. After 3 days of Antarctic Field Training (AFT) you will be experienced and ready to join the research team on the sea ice near Scott Base. Temperatures in Antarctica in October can be as low as -40°C. You will need to be very well prepared! Note: Dates subject to change by a week or so.

A special event for Christchurch schools:
LEARNZ is offering face to face workshops for classes enrolled in this trip as part of IceFest. On Tuesday 25 September a series of 1 hour workshops are being held as part of a 2 hour session that also includes 'Still Life' and 'Antarctic Field Camp' with an ice skating option also available. Get more details about the IceFest education programme and more details about the LEARNZ student workshops. All free!

Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Living World Levels 2-4, Nature of Science Levels 2-4, Material World Levels 2-4, Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 2-4, Earth and Space Science Levels 7-8; Social Sciences: Geography Level 6; Social Studies: Place and Environment Levels 2-5, Continuity and Change Levels 2-5

More Curriculum

Also covers content for Achievement Standards from Earth and Space Science (ESS) within the Planet Earth and Beyond Strand such as ESS 2.4 Investigate how organisms survive in an extreme environment; ESS 2.7: Demonstrate understanding of physical principles related to the Earth System; ESS 3.2: Investigate a socio-scientific issue in an Earth and Space Science context; ESS 3.4 Demonstrate understanding of aspects of interactions between ocean and atmosphere; ESS 3.5 Demonstrate understanding of the impact of human activity on the Earth System. Also Material World AS90944 Science 1.5 Demonstrate understanding of aspects of acids and bases; AS90945 Science 1.6 Investigate the implications of the use of carbon compounds as fuels; AS90949 Science 1.10 Investigate life processes and environmental factors that affect them. Planet Earth and Beyond AS90953 Science 1.14 Demonstrate understanding of carbon cycling

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adaptations, Antarctica, biodiversity, carbon cycle, climate change, ecology, environment, food webs, ice, life cycle, marine research, migration, ocean acidification, oceans, Offshore, Scott Base, social and environmental impacts, sustainability