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Teacher at Sea steams towards Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2016 11:34
Published on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 17:10

Just as British astronaut Tim Peake was crossing over the Atlantic and broadcasting a science lesson from space yesterday, an equally exciting project is underway 400km below on the ocean surface. Stockport teacher Angela Bentley is currently on board the research vessel RRS James Cook, tasked with providing educational resources and outreach as part of the Teacher at Sea project.


The expedition is being funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and operated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), and involves Birmingham, Cardiff and Durham Universities. Angela will be joining the scientists with the aim of preparing resources for schools and the public that will make the research accessible. The expedition has already departed from Cape Verde (just off the West Coast of Africa) and will arrive in Trinidad and Tobago on February 24th, stopping at the major ocean ridge in the Atlantic Ocean to conduct a variety of geophysical experiments.


james cookThe Royal Research Ship James Cook."The Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR) between these countries is very interesting," says Angela. "It is not covered by sediment so the geology of the sea floor is clearly visible. There is great interest in the science world about the MAR at this location because it is not spreading as geologists used to think."


Whilst on the expedition, Angela will be tweeting and writing a blog, and teachers can also contact her for a range of resources relating to the science, or to take part in live classrooms with Q and A sessions from the James Cook. Further information can also be found on the project's homepage and on Facebook, and also on the NOC's educational resource pages.