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Marine Science 8: Marine Science Gumbo

Posted on: July 18th, 2015 by admin

Marine Science students will explore Morro Bay Estuary while gaining appreciation for the ecological importance of estuaries, in sustaining marine life in the open ocean.  Marine science discussions will cover local marine birds, summer migrants, and we’ll visit the peregrine falcon’s that patrol the estuary.  During “Belly Biology” on the docks, we’ll study the many organisms that make their homes underneath. We’ll explore the salt marsh, mudflats, and rocky shores of the harbor mouth.  Much of our marine science exploration will be from kayaks, allowing us to observe marine life at water level.  We’ll visit an oyster farm, and explore the sand spit dunes and beaches which offers miles of open shoreline for wandering, and scavenger hunts. Well examine effects of tide cycles on life in the estuary, learn to read tide charts, and use them to understand how the gravitational forces of the Sun and Moon effect tide cycles. Friday, we’ll finish the week by boarding a Sub-Sea charter boat for a 2-3  hour whale watching cruise to track humpbacks, blue whales, and dolphins!

Marine Science 7: Marine Science Gumbo

Posted on: July 18th, 2015 by admin

Marine Science students will explore Morro Bay Estuary while gaining appreciation for the ecological importance of estuaries, in sustaining marine life in the open ocean.  Marine science discussions will cover local marine birds, summer migrants, and we’ll visit the peregrine falcon’s that patrol the estuary.  During “Belly Biology” on the docks, we’ll study the many organisms that make their homes underneath. We’ll explore the salt marsh, mudflats, and rocky shores of the harbor mouth.  Much of our marine science exploration will be from kayaks, allowing us to observe marine life at water level.  We’ll visit an oyster farm, and explore the sand spit dunes and beaches which offers miles of open shoreline for wandering, and scavenger hunts. Well examine effects of tide cycles on life in the estuary, learn to read tide charts, and use them to understand how the gravitational forces of the Sun and Moon effect tide cycles. Friday, we’ll finish the week by boarding a Sub-Sea charter boat for a 2-3  hour whale watching cruise to track humpbacks, blue whales, and dolphins!

Marine Science 6: Marine Science Gumbo

Posted on: June 27th, 2015 by admin

Marine Science students will explore Morro Bay Estuary while gaining appreciation for the ecological importance of estuaries, in sustaining marine life in the open ocean.  Marine science discussions will cover local marine birds, summer migrants, and we’ll visit the peregrine falcon’s that patrol the estuary.  During “Belly Biology” on the docks, we’ll study the many organisms that make their homes underneath. We’ll explore the salt marsh, mudflats, and rocky shores of the harbor mouth.  Much of our marine science exploration will be from kayaks, allowing us to observe marine life at water level.  We’ll visit an oyster farm, and explore the sand spit dunes and beaches which offers miles of open shoreline for wandering, and scavenger hunts. Well examine effects of tide cycles on life in the estuary, learn to read tide charts, and use them to understand how the gravitational forces of the Sun and Moon effect tide cycles. Friday, we’ll finish the week by boarding a Sub-Sea charter boat for a 2-3  hour whale watching cruise to track humpbacks, blue whales, and dolphins!

Marine Science 4: Coastal Geology

Posted on: May 16th, 2015 by admin

 

Coastal geology week offers students an opportunity to explore various local geological sites, such the Monterey Shale formations around Valencia Peak, Bishop’s Peak (one of seven volcanic plugs which includes Morro Rock) coastal dunes and marine terraces in Montana de Oro and Morro Bay Estuary. We will also be visiting Oso Flaco Lake again this year. Students will observe how forces within the Earth initiated volcanic eruptions and earthquakes and moved entire continental plates, and how those events have shaped California’s coastline and coastal mountain ranges. Students will also search for marine fossils among the uplifted marine terraces of Montana de Oro and the shale beds @ Lopez Lake.