Sea Ice

By: Mackenzie Murray

Where will you be going?

Sea ice is found in both the Arctic Ocean and the Southern Ocean.

Weather Conditions

You will be heading to the arctic and southern ocean where it will have an average temperature of 0 degrees Celsius in summer months and -40 degrees Celsius in winter months. Be prepared for snow!

What to Bring:

Make sure to bring plenty of warm, thermal clothes! Try not to bring cotton clothing because when it gets wet from water it takes a long time to dry, creating a greater risk of getting hypothermia. Be sure to bring multiple pairs of socks, you feet will thank you! And don't forget your camera!

Wildlife:

There will be plenty of amazing animals to see both above and below the oceans surface. From penguins and polar bears to whales and sea lions to starfish and cod.

Below the Surface

The Arctic Ocean is two deep basins subdivided into four smaller basins by three transoceanic submarine ridges that are around 1,100 miles long! There will be plenty of colorful fish to see also. Maybe you will even see a penguin diving for food! Don't miss the colorful corals and anemones you will find across the ocean floor.

All About Science

CURRENTS/TIDES- Currents affect the arctic ecosystem because the warm water brought in from the Atlantic during summer also brings a lot of food for penguins, birds, polar bears, and many more animals

INVASIVE SPECIES- Currently there are not any invasive species but due to more and more trade ships going through the Arctic scientists fear invasive species will being to show up in Arctic waters.

RESOURCES- The main resource found in these waters are oil, natural gases, nickel, copper, coal, gold, uranium, tungsten, iron, and diamonds

HUMAN IMPACT- The largest affect humans have on sea ice is global warming. We can help protect sea ice and all the animals that live in this habitat by limiting and reducing green house gases and by limiting pollution.