|The Antarctic Circumpolar Current is a cold water current encircling the southern continent, driven by westerly winds. Also known as the West Wind Drift, it is the only current that circumnavigates the globe, therefore it links the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. race journal|
Our Global Ocean is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Rice University. This site about Antarctica offers commentary on the characteristics of Antarctic surface waters, circulation, and surface wind patterns, along with weather, ice, and global connections. Diagrams provide visualization of the unique circulation patterns around this continent. Content and vocabulary makes this site appropriate for grades 7-12 and general audiences. Scroll to the bottom of the page for a broad topic menu and use the left hand menu within each topic to explore further.
Antarctic-the farthest place close to home is an excellent resource, hosted by the American Museum of Natural History. This site offers teachers and students a variety of classroom and fun activities to study not just this polar ocean but the Antarctic as a continent. Explore topics such as extreme conditions, day and night cycles, organisms, exploration and more! Most activities are appropriate for grades 6-12. Each activity is labeled for grade appropriateness and available in downloadable PDF format. A comprehensive and user friendly site.
Project Oceanography is supported by the University of S. Florida. Project Oceanography is a live television program designed for middle school science students. Programs are taught by real scientists and feature a call-in question and answer session at the end of each lesson. Tune in direct from the satellite, or contact them about local cable channel access and videotapes. OR - watch past programs right from the web. Registration is free and includes Teacher Packets which are designed to give you information pertaining to program topics, activities to do with your students, pages for students’ individual use, and vocabulary and reference lists to enhance student understanding. Antarctica and its oceanography are a featured topic in this program.