This storyline aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards at MS-ESS2-6.
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This storyline is based on the anchoring phenomenon of the Pacific Garbage Patch, using that to build understanding of global patterns of heat and air distribution.
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Investigate the phenomenon of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and learn why it persisted for so long. How did it remain in the middle of the ocean for decades without ever washing ashore? Players study patterns in the currents around the Garbage Patch on Earth, then apply their findings to Ovo to see where a new Garbage Patch would be most likely to form.
Curious about the phenomenon of predictable current patterns in general, Leilani asks the player to do more research into the mechanisms behind the macro-patterns formed in the ocean. Could previous storyline knowledge be used to understand the interplay between hot and cold here?