An Evolving Ocean

The history of our ocean begins with the history of Earth. Around 4.6 billion years ago during an event known as the big bang matter began expanding from a single point. Over the course of billions of years our planet was bombarded by debris, some containing the minerals that would later give rise to water and eventually life.


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Learning Goals

  • Distinguish how the Earth and its oceans are changing and will continue to change over time.
  • Compare and contrast how forces within the Earth cause continental and oceanic plates to move, reshaping the landscape above and below the sea.
  • The oceans and land change over time, analyze how the plants and animals that inhabit the ocean must also evolve.
  • Assess random and nonrandom agents of evolution.

Chapters

  1. Earth's History
  2. Evolution

Course Components

  • Online Assessment
  • Student Guide
  • Narrated Video
  • Interactives
  • Instructional Reading Strategy with Handout
  • Objectives for each Chapter

Alignment to NGSS