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Sea Caves

 
 

OTHER MINI-LESSONS

• Introduction: The Science of Caves

• Visit the Paleolithic Cave at Lascaux

• Caves in the United States

• Sea Caves

• Cave Animals

Sea caves were formed by waves crashing against rocky coastline or coral reefs. Waves can hit sea cliffs with blows averaging several hundred pounds per square inch, which erode the soil and rock, and after many years create sea caves.
  1. In Scott O'Dell's Newbery Award-winning book Island of the Blue Dolphins, 12-year-old Karana survives alone on an island off California riddled with sea caves. Read this story with your class, or read excerpts about Karana's exploration of the caves.
  2. Visit some of the sea cave Web sites below, including the Sea Lion caves site. Ask your students to write their own fictional adventure essays about exploring a sea cave. Each student should visit one or more Web sites and record details about sea caves that they can include in their stories. Encourage them to look for the answers to these questions:

    How big is the sea cave?
    What is the interior like? Is it always filled with water?
    What life forms can be found there?

  3. When they are finished, choose one or more stories to make into a play as a class project.


USEFUL WEB SITES
Island of the Blue Dolphins
www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/blue/bluetg.html


Sea Caves
www.goodearthgraphics.com/virtcave/seacaves/seacaves.html


Underwater Caves of the Yucatán
http://home.globalcrossing.net/~trog/yuccave.html


Coral Caves
http://library.thinkquest.org/J002339/coral.html?tqskip1=1&tqtime=0613


Apostle Island Sea Caves
www.nps.gov/apis/seacaves.htm#Geology


Marine Caves
www.tamug.edu/cavebiology/


Sea Lion Caves
www.sealioncaves.com/


New Brunswick Sea Caves
www.cancaver.ca/prov/nb/sea.htm