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Pacific Ocean Map

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Third graders measure the depth of a trench on the Pacific Ring of Fire.

Photograph by Scott Schilling

Map: Pacific Ocean Floor

The Pacific Ocean Giant Traveling Map

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The vast blue depths of the Pacific Ocean await students’ inquiring minds and adventurous spirits! This Giant Traveling Map introduces students to the marvels of the planet’s largest ocean, which occupies over one third of Earth’s surface. Students will learn how the Pacific has been both a barrier and a highway throughout human history. They will explore the deepest place on earth – the Mariana Trench – as well as the world’s tallest mountain (measured from the seabed), Hawai’i’s Mauna Kea. Most of all, students will experience the Pacific as a living thing: active volcanoes giving birth to new islands, deep-sea vents supporting unique life forms, phytoplankton blooms providing over half of the planet’s fresh air, and the Great Barrier Reef – the largest living structure in the world.

Accompanying the Giant Traveling Pacific Ocean map are activities and props for teachers to lead students (grades K-8) on enriching and fun explorations. Whether they are tracking a whale migration, acting out the movement of El Niño, tracing the routes of Polynesian seafarers, or circling the “Ring of Fire,” students will be supplied with accurate and compelling information cards, lavish photography, as well as several props, including cultural artifacts, geological models, large foam dice, colored cones, and colored hoops.

The map measures approximately 26’ x 35’.

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