This resource is a 5-part lesson sequence designed for students to investigate underwater geological features using bathymetry images developed by voyage researchers on RV Investigator. Students will extend their understanding of the use of SONAR and plot modified bathymetric data to construct an image of the seafloor.
Olivia Belshaw, Jindabyne Central School, New South Wales
|Nature of the inquiry problem||
How do scientists know what lies beneath the sea surface?
|Suitable year levels and subject areas||
Earth Science Year 9/ Senior Earth Science
Australian Curriculum Science
Senior Earth Sciences
NSW Marine Studies Senior Course
Optional module 7: Oceanography
Students will learn about underwater geological features and how scientists map the sea floor, looking at specific examples of bathymetric maps collected from the RV Investigator 2019 voyage into the Coral Sea. Students will apply skills to interpret maps, construct a 3D model and plot modified bathymetry data.
|Student Learning Outcomes*||
A sequence of 5 to 6 x 50 minute lessons that include a variety of learning tasks including discussion, modelling, research, comprehension and application tasks.
A short formative quiz is included if teachers wish to use it to assess student learning.
|Information and communications technology (ICT)||
Students will need access to a device to complete the research components.
Teachers can print out copies of the Investigator Blog articles for students without access to the internet at home.
Teachers will need access to a computer and projector to display images of the bathymetry maps.
© An Introduction to Bathymetry (created by Olivia Belshaw) (2019). Copyright owned by Department for Education, New South Wales. Except as otherwise noted, this work is licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence. To view a copy of this licence, visit Creative Commons - Attribution 4.0 International