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In this activity, students look at what happens when hot and cold water meet.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • discuss how temperature affects the density of water
  • discuss how temperature and density affect ocean currents
  • discuss how wind can mix up the layers of warm and cold water.

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    Published 17 July 2007, Updated 22 January 2014 Referencing Hub articles