VIDEO: Marine Debris and Ocean Currents

Published on August 31st, 2017

Many people don’t realize that ocean currents not only transport fish, nutrients, heat and other important natural phenomena around the planet, but they also circulate our trash. Yep, that water bottle that fell out of your boat when you capsized is halfway to Tahiti by now.

Understanding how currents work, including how to measure them using drifters, allows scientists to better predict ocean circulation.

As part of US Sailing’s Reach for STEM Education program, this video by Waterlust outlines a simple experiment you can do to measure the currents at your home.

To learn more about the US Sailing Reach Initiative, STEM and environmental education through sailing, visit our website at reach.ussailing.org. Video published on Aug 31, 2017.

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