International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Chemistry of the Ocean

Activity by Donna Wrublewski   |   added on Oct 26, 2011   |   United States Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): Marston Science Library, University of Florida

A display building off the existing Coral Reef Project at the Marston Science Library, it will focus on the chemistry of coral reefs and ocean habitats.

The Marston Science Library at the University of Florida has participated in the Coral Reef Project (, which brings awareness of coral reef bleaching and associated environmental concerns through the use of crochet. Local students and Gainesville residents, as well as groups around the world, have donated crochet pieces of coral which are currently on display in an exhibit showcase at the Library. The project, which has worldwide awareness and participation, uses both biology and mathematics to highlight the science and beauty of these natural structures, and how they are affected by changes in the environment. For the month of November the focus will shift to the chemistry - coral structure formation, zooxanthellae coloration, what's really in octopus ink - through the use of existing crochet pieces and supplementary information. Included will be placards, models, books, and other references describing the chemistry involved in both the formation and degradation of this beautiful habitat, and what steps people can take to prevent damage to this fragile ecosystem. Building off of this very popular and publicized display is an excellent way to bring chemistry to a wide audience and highlight its importance in our natural environment.

Topic: chemistry education, biochemistry, ocean chemistry Audience: tertiary education, students
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