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Ocean Education

Resources for Learning about the Ocean

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Physical Oceanography

Marine Communities

Use these illustrations with students in Grades 9-12 to explore various marine ecosystems.

MapMaker Interactive

Explore ocean surface currents, chlorophyll levels, surface temperatures, and bathymetry using this interactive map.


Find out how scientist and engineers map the ocean floor—and avoid running into rocks, reefs, and underwater mountains!


My Ocean

Game. Build your ocean with this fun matching game.


Time yourself while placing the contintents correctly on an ocean-covered Earth. Then race to map countries and cities.


Ocean Exploration

Did you know that 98% of the ocean remains unexplored? Dive into unknown depths with this GeoStory.

Voyages Across the Ocean

Be at the forefront of exploration and travel around the globe alongside history's favorite explorers with this GeoStory.

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Ocean Cartoons

Ocean Conveyor Belt

Thermohaline circulation, better known as the "ocean conveyor belt," moves water around the planet.


Earth's Tides

The Earth's rotation and the gravitational pull of the sun and moon create tides.

More from National Geographic

The Ocean

Find out what National Geographic offers to support ocean conservation.

Ocean Views

Dive into ocean issues with this blog from National Geographic's Ocean Initiative.

Ocean for Life

See how students from around the world connect to the ocean through photography.

World Oceans Day

Learn how kids can help protect the ocean.