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Sea Surface Currents and Temperature (vegetation on land)

Sea Surface Currents and Temperature (vegetation on land)

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Now I am going to change one thing about this map. {Cue Sea Surface Currents and Temperature (vegetation on land) (image)} Notice the bands of color in this image. The colors represent temperature. Reds indicate warm, blue indicates cold. This shows us that the ocean absorbs the energy of the sun, particularly near the equator.

Notes and Rationale:

Offering explicit cues to orient to new images helps visitors track the narrative more effectively.

Give plenty of time for interpreting this image. While this map may be very clear to scientists and science educators, the rainbow color scheme for temperature is not always clear to the public.

Starting with the still image allows visitors to interpret the colors and basic information before they have to also grapple with what the movement means.

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