The student will investigate and understand that oceans are complex, dynamic systems and are subject to long- and short-term variations. Key ideas include
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unevenly distributed heat in the oceans drives much of Earth’s weather;
chemical, biological, and physical changes affect the oceans;
human actions, including economic and public policy issues, affect oceans and the coastal zone including the Chesapeake Bay.
features of the sea floor reflect tectonic and other geological processes; and
environmental and geologic occurrences affect ocean dynamics;