How Do Latitude and Longitude Coordinates Help Us See Patterns on Earth?
ES0303  Locating Sea Surface Temperatures

To see how sea surface temperature varies with location, you'll use colored dots to represent different temperature ranges (see legend below the map). Some of the dots are already plotted for you.

  !   Follow the instructions in the box below to generate a map of global sea surface temperatures. Proceed carefully; you will need to start over if you leave this page before you are finished.



7. Use colored pencils to trace these patterns onto your printed map. Describe the distribution of sea surface temperatures around the world.

8. How does sea surface temperature change along latitude lines?

9. How does sea surface temperature change along longitude lines?

10. What conclusion might you have drawn had you looked at global sea surface temperature along only one latitude line?


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