Oceanic Scales Lesson Plan #5: Understanding the Nutrient Cycle

Students will understand how upwelling affects the ocean nutrient cycle, which therefore allows phytoplankton to utilize the nutrients into energy.  Dense, cold water is normally found deep in the ocean.  The remains of dead, decomposing organisms sink to the ocean bottom making the deep ocean waters rich in nutrients.  However, phytoplankton, which are the basis[…]