The "Plain" Facts

Focus Questions: How can we simulate the formation of the abyssal plain from top to bottom?

Objectives: Students will be able: 1. To create a three dimensional scale model of the abyssal plain in the Atlantic Ocean. 2. To describe how sedimentation, over long periods of time, can evolve into a 1,000 meter layer of sediment covering all types of sea floor topography 3. To conclude that the abyssal plain is a flat, expansive, extension of the sea floor between the continental rise and the mid-ocean ridge 4. To understand the difficulty of sampling, viewing, and studying this region of the ocean.

Organization Affiliation
Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SkIO)
Grade Level