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~ Topic Discusssion ~ 309 ~ The Deep Blue Sea  ~

Adapted from Wikipedia


Seas are part of the world ocean. This ocean connects the world. It is a body of salty water that covers 70.8 % of the Earth's surface. The ocean moderates the Earth's climate. It controls the Earth¡¯s water cycle. It is the basis of life as we know it. Life cannot exist without water. We are here because there is an ocean.


The ocean is also an essential aspect of human trade, travel, mineral extraction, and power generation. However, population growth, industrialization, and intensive farming have all contributed to marine pollution.


Overfishing is an increasing problem. Most countries exploit their seas for commerce. Border disputes have become common. Fish farming is a possible solution some countries can adopt to deal with this problem.


309Set ~ 1

1) How important is the ocean/sea to the economy in your city/country? What products are sold?

2) Is your country dependent on the resources of the ocean/sea? If not, what food resources do you have?

3) What food sources do you personally relay on daily? Do you use a market or a supermarket (or other)?

4) Do you buy frozen seafood products? What kind? How do you prepare them? How do they taste?

5) What are your favorite seafood products? How do you cook them? Where do you eat them?


309Set ~ 2

1) Can you go to the sea/ocean easily from where you live? How long does it take? How often do you go?

2) Do you eat a lot of seafood? How important is the ocean to your diet and of the people in your country?

3) If you have never seen the sea, how do you imagine it? If you have, how would you describe it to others?

4) What are tides? How do they work? Why are they important? Would we be here without them? Explain.

5) Can you think of any books or movies with a relation or theme about the ocean/sea? Describe them.



Follow up ~ Try to make some of your own questions regarding the Ocean...

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also known as the Pacific trash vortex, spans waters from the West Coast of North America to Japan. It is decades old and has been expanding over the years¡¦

Here is a spokeswoman from The National Science Foundation¡¦ Check it out!

301Set ~ 3

1) Have you ever considered the amount of plastic that becomes garbage? How much do you throw away?

2) Is there a solution to this problem? What are the possible consequences in the future?

3) Discuss the elements of the video that are disturbing to you? Are you surprised? Explain.

4) What is biodegradation? Is there an alternative to plastic? What materials/methods could be employed?

5) What seafood is scarce in your locality? If seafood were poisoned, how would you adjust your present diet?


Follow up ~ Try to make some of your own questions regarding pollution in the sea.

~ Discuss with a teacher, in pairs, or in groups ~ Then share your results in a classroom discussion ~

1) To begin with, in groups or in pairs, select the questions you¡¯d like to talk about. 

2) Then, in pairs or in groups, ask questions and share ideas in your conversations .

3) Finally, share your ideas (as a whole) in a classroom discussion (with all pairs/groups).


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