It’s day one of a four-week journey for our high school ocean interns. They are about to take the Ice Breaker Challenge, where they will determine if a cup is filled with salt or fresh water without tasting it.
Is there pollution in Puget Sound? What are some of the pollutants you might expect to find? Interns analyzed water samples collected from Puget Sound, and learned to use the latest high-tech equipment in the University of Washington Oceanography Lab to analyze their samples.
Is our ocean becoming more acidic? How does acid affect marine life? The interns collected water samples in Puget Sound and examined the water quality. Their research included a trip to the Seattle Aquarium to learn about the connection between water quality and marine life.
Plankton and zooplankton make up the base of the marine food chain, so their health is critical to many other forms of marine life. Interns collected plankton via net tows and studied the populations and their health. What is the state of the plankton in Puget Sound?