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Phoebe F – Student Choice 8F

Thursday November 8, 2012

“How Does the Ocean Impact Your Life?”


Denver, Colorado is known as the mile high state with an elevation of 5280 feet. Being a land-locked state the closest ocean to Colorado is around 1500 miles away. Because of this some may say that the ocean has no relationship with Colorado. However, they are completely wrong .The ocean has almost everything to do with not only Colorado but every place on earth, no matter the location. The ocean provides people with food, water, and minerals that are needed to maintain the state of living people have in first world countries. In fact the ocean is home to microscopic animals that produce 50%-80% of the oxygen in the atmosphere.


The ocean is a complex habitat that covers 70% of the earth and provides homes for millions of unique species. One specie, that inhabits the epipelagic zone of the ocean, is called phytoplankton. Phytoplankton are microscopic, plant-like organisms that like plants go through a process called photosynthesis. In this process cells use light and carbon dioxide (CO2) to produce energy. The bi product of photosynthesis is oxygen (O2). In one cup of ocean water there are millions of phytoplankton. Because of the massive amount of these magnificent creatures, they produce oxygen (O2) like-crazy and use just as much carbon dioxide (CO2) in the process. All together phytoplankton produce 50%-80% of the oxygen (O2) in the atmosphere. In other words without the ocean there are no phytoplankton, without phytoplankton there is 50%-80% less oxygen (O2) in the air and with 50%-80% less oxygen(O2) there is not nearly enough oxygen(O2) for people to survive. Oxygen (O2) is just one of the things humans need, that they wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for the ocean.


Another thing that comes from the ocean that not only humans but every living thing needs to survive is water. Although the ocean is salt water the majority of fresh water comes from it. The water changes from salt water to fresh water in the water cycle. At the beginning of the water cycle, water begins in the ocean. The water then evaporates from the surface and becomes water vapor. The vapor then condenses in the atmosphere and is moved by wind across the globe. When there is too much water vapor for the atmosphere to hold it falls to the earth in the form of precipitation. This causes the climate and affects the weather. Precipitation can come as snow, rain, sleet, or even due and once it is in its liquid state it is collected in streams lakes and rivers. People then use the water for drinking, bathing, watering plants and farming.


Water is one of the many resources we use in order to grow and produce food. Another obvious resource that comes strait from the ocean is seafood. Fish, crustaceans, and mollusks such as shrimp, lobster, salmon, tuna, clams, squid, and endless other species are fished, sold and eaten every day. Some fish are then used to make fish oil which is used to cook many foods and as nutrition pills. Not only animals in the ocean are used for food, but oceans plants also. Many alga’s are used in making modern food for example Red algae makes carrageenan that is used to stabilize jells in foods like ice cream, chocolate milk, yogurt, and baby formula. Seaweed is another plant found in the ocean that many people would miss if they didn’t have it because it is part of sushi. Without the ocean the foods people ate would not be the same and feeding babies would have to be done the old fashion way. Finding a food to eat that doesn’t have any link to the ocean what -so-ever is like trying to find a unicorn in the land of Narnia it’s impossible.


Something else that seems impossible and is entirely made-up is the movie Avatar by James Cameron. Although the movie was fictional some of the plants and animals that glowed could very well be real. James Cameron got the inspiration for these plants and animals from studying creatures that live in the ocean. These animals and organisms can glow because they have bioluminescence. What bioluminescence is, is bacteria and chemical reactions that create their own light. James Cameron incorporated them in to his movie because he was fascinated by them.


The ocean is a truly fascinating place and it does not only provide humans with food, water, and other essential materials but inspires people. For a group of 8th graders form Denver, Colorado the ocean gave memories that will last them years and a vacation from their every day lives. It brought them together and taught them how important it is to keep it clean. They got to see brilliant creatures in their natural habitats. The ocean gave them more then a few breaths of air and some food it gave them an unforgettable week.


No mater where people live, what they do, or who they are, the ocean provides humans with so much. Whether they are breathing, taking a sip of water from a water fountain, or eating a sandwich for lunch it all leads back to the ocean some how. The sad part is ,not many people know it. People should take the time to slow down and thank the ocean. It sure has brought them along way!


Joe G – Student Choice 8F

Thursday November 8, 2012

How the ocean impacts my life

          The ocean is truly an object of wonder. Not only does it take up the vast majority of the surface of the Earth, it provides most of the world’s supply of fish, as well as affecting everyday life. The ocean affects food, weather, medicine, and industry, as well as having an emotional impact on humans every day.


          First and foremost, the ocean provides food. It doesn’t just provide seafood like fish, crustaceans, reptiles, and marine mammals. The ocean has red algae, which is used for gel stabilization in foods such as ice cream, yogurt, pudding, Jell-O, and peanut butter. It also provides brown algae, which is used to thicken water-based products like brownies, some desserts, relish, salad dressing, and gravy. Green algae, another product from the ocean, is used to make food coloring for foods such as coffee creamer and mayonnaise.


          The ocean also has an effect on the weather across the globe. Ocean water evaporates into the atmosphere, and then precipitates as rain or snow. At some point in the water cycle, every drop of water humans use or consume was in the ocean. The ocean also creates major tropical storms like hurricanes, which could affect relatives living in New England. The ocean also produces upwards of 50% of the world’s oxygen, which animals like humans breathe every minute. Move over, trees!

          Third, the ocean provides many products used for human health. Ocean-based cancer fighters include ascidians/tunicates, bryozoans, sponges, and sea hare, to name a few. Sponge is not only used to treat cancer, but can also help with herpes and other viruses, as well at parasites, asthma, and inflammation. Snails contain a painkiller that is 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Even coral can be used (for artificial bones and so on).
          Next, the ocean has an impact on industry. Bacteria from the deep ocean are used to make heat resistant enzymes. Diatoms are used in products like pet litter, cosmetics, and tooth polish. Fish have many uses- fish oil is used in some paints, as well as fertilizers and dog food; fishmeal is used to feed livestock. Red algae, which is used to stabilize gel products, is a tremendous help to industrial companies. The ocean is also a significant source of oil, which can be obtained through techniques such as offshore drilling.

          Last, but certainly not least, the ocean has an impact on the emotional and intellectual side of life. There’s an entire world at the bottom of the ocean, and we know less about it than the moon. The ocean is also massive, almost incomprehensibly so. Upwards of 70% of the Earth is just ocean. It’s unbelievable how much there is to learn about the biggest resource on the planet.

          In conclusion, the ocean has a colossal effect on life as we know it. Food, human health, emotions and intellect, industry, and weather are just some of the things affected by the enormous blue entity known as “the ocean.”

Sources (Bibliography)

Du Houx, Kathleen. “Additional Resource Handout.” N.p., 13 Oct. 2012. Web. 23 Oct. 2012. <;.


Sophie A – student choice 8D

Thursday November 8, 2012

How Does the Ocean Impact My Life?

The ocean impacts every single person’s life in a major way whether they realize it or not. When you begin to really research specific ways the ocean impacts a person’s life, you find that it goes way beyond the basic, “the ocean is fun to swim in..” Most people like to eat, where jewelry, go fishing, be healthy, have a strong defense, use cosmetics, use minerals, and of course breathe! Believe it or not, you can thank the ocean for these and many other things that I did not mention. If you like any of those things, (probably many of them) you adore the ocean! Like I said before, you may just not have realized it.
First off, the ocean is a major source of food. Obviously seafood like lobster, tuna, salmon, mollusk, and finfish come from the ocean. Yet, a lot of resources from the ocean are used in things other than seafood!  For example, most people don’t realize that red algae makes carrageenan. Carrageenan is used to stabilize gells in food like chocolate milk, coffee creamer, cottage cheese, yogurt, whipped cream, toothpaste, and ice cream! Also different types of algae like brown algae create alginates that make water based foods thicker, creamier, and more stable. These alginates are used in products like brownies, desserts, relishes, salad dressing, sauces, and gravies! The last type of algae is green algae. Green algae creates a natural pigment for yellow-orange food coloring that is used in cheese, egg substitutes, frozen foods, ice cream, and mayonnaise. Algae ultimately comes from the ocean so we have the ocean to praise for many of my favorite foods, and many other people’s favorites too.
Second, it’s pretty well known that breathing is one of the most essential things to human existence. Just like algae is a major source of food, it’s also a huge source of oxygen! Algae takes part in photosynthesis releasing oxygen into our air! Some of the oxygen that it produces is used it up by species in the ocean, yet most of it is released into the atmosphere. Phytoplankton also uses that process and accounts for about 90% of the air we breathe from our atmosphere. That means that almost all of our oxygen comes from the ocean, so without it, who knows how our Earth would survive?

Next, it’s crucial to talk about all the minerals that come from the ocean that impact humans, like me. There are so many different minerals that are taken from the ocean. Some of those minerals are copper, diamonds, gold, gypsum, lead, potassium, magnesium, silver, zinc, and many more. These different minerals are used as resources in many different beneficial ways. Many minerals from the ocean are used as energy resouces and potential future resources. They are found in many types of deposits in plains, sand, volcanic vents, and other coastal areas.

Furthermore, recreation in the ocean is also a major and well-known impact on life. My grandpa has a boat in Louisiana that I love to ride in and sometimes even drive, which is a way that ocean recreation impacts my life. Many people also love fishing, sight seeing, surfing, boogie boarding, (like at Sea Camp) swimming, paddle boarding, and loads of more exciting things the ocean provides us with.

Alex M – student choice 8D – October 2012

Tuesday October 30, 2012

How the Ocean Impacts my Life

            When people think of the ocean they think of fun things they do, like boogie boarding, surfing, and snorkeling.  The thing is the ocean has a much more important role than what people would think.  The ocean has many important resources like; oxygen, protection, food sources, and energy sources.  72 percent of the world is salt water, it is important to know what the ocean is used for.

            The ocean is full of phytoplankton that turn carbon dioxide into oxygen!  It really shocked people that phytoplankton did this, most usually think that trees do all the work,   people really have no idea how important phytoplankton are.  They can absorb carbon dioxide because they are at the surface of the ocean; they have access to a huge amount of carbon dioxide. Phytoplankton even make 58% of oxygen we have now!  Plankton are also important because they are the bottom of the food chain in the ocean, without them there wouldn’t be any other animals because everything starts by eating plankton.  Plankton feeds everything so that other animals and people can feed of those animals. 

            People also get food from the ocean from the animals themselves!  Fish is probably the most known food resource from the ocean, and they are so plentiful it’s a good thing that people eat fish.  There are many things that people eat that come from the ocean like; Abalone, fish, lobsters, shrimps, crabs, red algae (used as a stabilizer in things like yogurt), clams, oysters, scallops, and mussels. Ever wonder where Ramen Noodles come from?  Algae (from the ocean) is used as a thickener in ramen noodles!

            People also get lots of energy from the ocean, which powers our cars, machines, and other mechanical things. People get oil and gas from offshore rigs, which are used to power mechanical things.  Oil is also used to trade from country to country; it is an incredibly precious and expensive resource that is used in things like cars.

            The ocean is used for more than the basic needs of everyone; it is also used to protect The United States.  The navy uses it to get to places, make sure war doesn’t get to us, and even go to other places and eliminate threats!  The navy and marines used the ocean to transport and fight in many wars, for example: both world wars, Vietnam War, and even the Korean War.  There are also people like the coast guard that help people recover when disasters occur, like hurricane Katrina.  They help move people out of dangerous areas when they think disasters are coming, protecting them from incoming danger.  Everyone on the coasts of the U.S is helped by the coast guard because maybe one day it could in a nearby area.

            The ocean has far more things in it that meet the eye, for example; energy, food, and protection.  There is much more going on in our oceans other than the fun beach activities that are played day after day.  The ocean is an interesting and wonderful place, furthering humanities knowledge about it could result in cleaner energy and new uses with phytoplankton.

Palladium – by John B.

Tuesday May 15, 2012

                   Palladium is an interesting element with a cool name and even cooler properties and uses. It is a rare element, but it has many uses that make it extremely useful in today’s world in many fields of work. It also has isotopes which are the different forms of an element with a different number of neutrons. It is in one of the more fascinating groups on the periodic table which make it a fun element to study. It is an element that has many cool things about it that make it interesting.

            The discovery of palladium was an accident because William Hyde Wollaston was (more…)

Brandon’s Essay: “How Does the Ocean Impact Your Life?”

Thursday January 12, 2012

How does the ocean impact my life? People ask themselves this question, but not actually using their brains they just say that it’s just water with salt in it that people like to swim in. These people also think that other than fish no resources come from it, but they are totally wrong. The ocean has a huge impact on my life for many reasons. I will explain how oxygen, energy, food, and defense all come from the ocean.


Christine’s Essay: “How Does the Ocean Impact Your Life?”

Thursday January 12, 2012

The ocean impacts everybody’s life.  Without the ocean and its resources we probably wouldn’t be living, and we wouldn’t have our everyday needs. Some of the most important substances that we get from the ocean are defense, food, energy, human health, industry, oxygen, and cosmetics.  The ocean’s minerals, algae, creatures, and oil make our everyday successful.


Eli’s Essay: “How Does the Ocean Impact Your Life?”

Thursday January 12, 2012

The ocean is one of the main reasons that humans are alive today on planet earth.  A large collection of resources come from the ocean.  Most humans don’t realize how much the ocean impacts how we live.  It was once thought that the ocean was so big that trash dumped into the ocean couldn’t affect it.  This is now proving to be wrong.  The ocean is so vital to our survival but yet people are damaging it on a daily basis.


Sarah’s Essay: “How Does the Ocean Impact My Life?”

Thursday January 12, 2012

The ocean impacts my life in many ways.  One of the biggest ways is that we get most of our oxygen we use from the ocean, and humans need oxygen to survive.  Another big impact from the ocean to us is about the food we eat. Many of the things we eat come from the ocean.  Other examples of impacts the ocean has on humans are human health, minerals, weather, and energy.  These are just a few of the many ways that the ocean impacts us.


Colin’s Essay: “How Does the Ocean Impact MyLife?”

Thursday January 12, 2012

          Before I begin I would like to give thanks to the ocean.  Without the ocean we wouldn’t exist or would be less sophisticated.  The ocean creates oxygen for giving nutrients to blood; plants and animals are eaten as seafood and can be turned into thickeners for food and the potent chemicals of sea creatures help with cancer fighting agents that help save lives.  The ocean is important to everyone, and all humans should have a simple understanding on how dependent we are on the ocean.


Isabel’s essay: “How does the ocean impact my life?”

Thursday January 12, 2012

Every year, month, week, day, hour, minute, and second, the ocean is providing everything we use in our daily lives. Food, some water, salt, cosmetics, glass, jewelry, and gold materials are found in the ocean. Even things like baby formula, fudge sauce, and whipped cream have algae it. And these things are only a few of what’s made from the ocean. Everything from mayonnaise to sour cream has things from the sea. But, the ocean takes away from us too. Every year, storms and tsunamis kill many people.


John’s Essay: “How the Ocean Impacts My Life”

Thursday January 12, 2012

            The ocean impacts my life in many ways. I learned these ways while I was at Sea Camp and from during labs to prepare us for Sea Camp. This experience changed my whole outlook on the ocean and how much it does for us. Although there are many resources the ocean gives us I will talk about these four main resources: oxygen, everyday products, recreation/entertainment, and food. All of these resources we used and learned about at Sea Camp, and they are all extremely important to our welfare and the ocean’s welfare. I learned that in the plankton lab that without the ocean we’d probably all be dead now. The Sea Camp experience changed my life, and now I will never look at a product again without thinking it contains something from the ocean. (more…)

Sasha’s Essay “How does the ocean impact your life?

Thursday January 12, 2012

In studying the ocean throughout this year, I’ve learned much about it: tides, marine organisms, waves, currents, and much more. One of the main ideas that my class has had to think about is how the ocean impacts each of our lives. There are five main ways that stand out to me (out of many others) for how it might impact my life: oxygen, food, recreation, human health, and energy. Each of these ways have their own importance. (more…)