1. Introduction
Welcome To Our Expedition on the Bay!
Expedition Menu

1. Welcome

2. The Idea

3. Boarding

4. Ship Tour

5. Back Deck

6. Preparing to Depart

7. Leaving

8. Meeting

9. Bay-Delta-Estuary

10. Navigating

11. The Survey

12. First Data

13. The Mosaic

14. Visualizing

15. Hazards

16. Disposal Site

17. Sediment Map

18. Compare
19. Future Studies
20. Final Meeting

21. Departing


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Won't You Let Me Take You on a Sea Cruise?

Finding Pier 32 in San Francisco

Welcome to the first leg of our virtual voyage in oceanography.

You will be joining an expedition to study the floor of the San Francisco bay near the Golden Gate, the gateway to the Pacific Ocean, as a scientist to study the floor of the bay around the Golden Gate Bridge.

You will, at virtually, experience life as a shipboard scientist collecting seafloor imaging data, visualizing and intrepreting the data.

In the real world, this expedition might take nine or ten days to complete, but here in virtual time-space you should finish in about 120 minutes (two hours, more or less).  It is a long one, but the extra time will be compensated by having a few shorter expeditions later in the course.

Learning Objectives (not research objectives): (1) Students will experience life on an oceanographic ship during a seafloor mapping survey of the region between the Golden Gate, Alcatraz Island, and Angel Island. Students will learn the scientific methods that are used to produce images of the seafloor and the features that cover it and begin to interpret the meaning of these features.

Remember to take notes as the questions in this worksheet only provide an outline!

Bay Map courtesy of: The USGS and NOAA

First read the article from the San Francisco Chronicle for background on our research project

"Study Sees Hidden Peril Below Bay:
5 underwater rocks could threaten tankers"

Created By:
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Don Reed
Dept. of Geology
San Jose State University
©Copyright 2008
Last Updated on 
August 27, 2008

To get a better feel for our seagoing work, let's join chief scientist John Chin for a pre-voyage interview.