Seafloor Mapping

Seafloor Mapping

Wet Maps

Grade Level:

6th-8th grade (Earth Science/Technology)

Lesson Description:

High resolution bathymetric maps are essential for finding and exploring geological, archaeological,and biological features in the ocean. In this lesson, students develop and use models to explore seafloor features; analyze and interpret data to explain how multibeam sonar is used to identify patterns of ocean floor structures; construct three-dimensional maps; and learn how multibeam sonar technology extends the measurement and exploration capacity of modern ocean exploration.


Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): 
  • Performance Expectation: MS-ETS1-3
  • Disciplinary Core Ideas: ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions
Ocean Literacy Essential Principles: 
  • Principle 7: FCs d, e