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Ocean Quotes

The Treacle Ocean

When you think of ocean oceanography you probably think of people diving with corals or boats deploying brightly coloured equipment. I myself am a physical oceanographer and personally don’t get my feet wet very often. So what do I do? Well, I model the ocean using a computer… a big one!   The ocean is very complex and understanding the whole ocean to predict how it will respond to changing climate is very difficult. Continue reading →

We want your links!

Dear MOOCers This weeks activity has been to share your info graphics with us relating the amount of salt in the sea, to another known volume, and we have had some amazing creations, I have particularly enjoyed the "7 Billion Elephants" analogy, and the excellent image relating how much sea water would be needed to obtain Juan Mata's weight in salt! One of the highlights of facilitating on this course has been the interaction between students, facilitators and educators, and a lot of... Continue reading →

Ocean Quotes 10: Alain Bombard, Biologist

Alain Bombard  was a French biologist, physician and politician famous for sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in a dinghy without food or water to prove that he could live on nothing more than fish, plankton, rain water and small amounts of sea water. He landed at Barbados 62 days later. "I had fought on behalf of man against the sea, but I realized that it had become more urgent to fight on behalf of the sea against men. Continue reading →

Ocean Quotes 6: Dave Barry

This quote is from Dave Barry, a writer who won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1988. “There's nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater,you realize that you've been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent. Continue reading →

Ocean Quotes 5: John F. Kennedy

Great words from a greater man: "And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came. " President John F. Continue reading →

Ocean Quotes 4: James Cameron

This quote is from a very inspiring person. James Cameron is a film producer (Titanic, The Abyss), and a deep-sea explorer. On March 7, 2012, Cameron took the DeepSea Challenger submersible to the bottom of the New Britain Trench in a five-mile-deep solo dive. " I do an awful lot of scuba diving. I love to be on the ocean, under the ocean. I live next to the ocean". James Cameron Click on the image to learn a bit more about James Cameron DeepSea challenge project. Continue reading →

Your Word Cloud!

Good Evening MOOCers! Just a quick update tonight, so far we have had over 500 words submitted in the "What does the ocean mean to you?" activity, it is fair to say that the most enjoyable aspect of facilitating this course so far has been the overwhelming response on the Padlet walls, we have each really enjoyed looking at the nearly 1000 pictures you have uploaded or shared with us, and it has really made it clear that the ocean means something special and unique to all of us. Continue reading →