With an Argo focus:

“59.5 Degrees South”, School Journal, level 3, August 2013

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59.5 degrees south is the GPS position where the author dropped an Argo float into the Southern Ocean. This article is a recount of her journey on the NIWA ship, Kaharoa.

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General Ocean topics:

19940102.gifVoyage to the Cold South School Journal Pt 01 No. 2 1994 Pgs 10-19
by SENDALL, Emily
Emily Sendall went with her parents on a long voyage across the Southern Ocean to Deception Island in Antarctica. Extracts from her diary are illustrated with photographs. Reading Year Level: 5. Guided Reading Level: 9-10

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Disappointment Island, 1907
by Bill O’Brien
Teacher Resource

Samuel, the keeper of this diary, is 13 when he signs on as a cabin boy aboard a vessel bound for Sydney. The barque Dundonald founders and sinks off Disappointment Island (part of the Auckland Islands group) in the ocean south of New Zealand on 6 March 1907. Fifteen survivors endure a harsh winter on this remote island until their rescue in late November that year.
Samuel Clark is a fictional character, however the other survivors are all based on the real people.

Down on the Ice
Book Summary
This recount is taken from an interview with conservationist Rose Evans who spent three weeks in the Antarctic studying a hut built there by the famous British explorer, Robert Scott. The text includes some of the history of Scott’s expedition, an account of Rose’s preparations for her adventure, and descriptions of life on the ice and of the animals of the region.


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Across the Straits of Magellan Pt 04 No. 3 1984 Pgs 29-33 Articleby COX, Lynne
What do you do after you have become the first woman to swim Cook Strait? Lynne Cox describes the training she needed to swim the Straits of Magellan where the temperature of the water is no more than four or five degrees Celsius.
All day I hear the noise of waters Pt 02 No. 2 1987 Pg 9 Poemby JOYCE, James
Dolphins at Flat Rock Pt 02 No. 4 1983 Pgs 2-6 Articleby MOONEY, Kay
Day after day, throughout the summer, a small herd of dolphins accompanies Frank Robson's fishing boat. When the time comes for them to move off to another part of the sea, one young dolphin stays behind to wait for Frank. Although Frank is sad to see him go, he has to tell the dolphin to join his friends out in the deep water.
Make salt water into fresh water Connected No. 2 1998 Pgs 10-11 Articleby ANDERSON, K.E.
A demonstration, easy to reproduce in the classroom that shows how to produce salt and fresh water from sea water
New Zealand sea lions JJ No. 38 2009 8-15 Articleby SORRELL, Paul
An article describing New Zealand sea lions and explaining features of their habitat and behaviour.
Salt from sea water Pt 01 No. 4 1982 Pgs 25-27 Articleby THOMSON, Jane
Shows how salt is made by evaporation in huge ponds at Lake Grassmere.
Save the Whales! L3 Sep 2011 34-42 Articleby GIBBISON, Sue
Fifty-eight upokohue have stranded on Karikari Beach. Help is needed!
Tiakina a Tangaroa - Protect Our Seas L2 Oct 2011 2-11 Articleby MACGREGOR, Jill
This article describes two contrasting school visits - one to an unprotected beach and one to a marine reserve. Captioned photographs help to identify all the marine creatures found in these areas, with their names given in both English and te reo Maori.
A tragedy at sea Connected No. 3 2004 Pgs 10-14 Article by WHITE, Kathy.
The article is told from the perspective of Kirsty Russell, a marine ecologist. She is committed to researching Maui's dolphin in the field because "The more we know about an endangered species, the more we can do to protect it."
Tricky science Pt 01 No. 3 1997 Pgs 18-20 Article by ANDERSON, K. E.
This piece of science will allow you to amaze your friends. They will think you have the power to make eggs float or sink.
Under the sea Pt 01 No. 2 2001 Pg 7 Poem by BAGNALL, Alan


This is a true story of Rosemary Keating’s ordeal at sea after she and her diving buddy became separated. The story explores the feelings of the narrator as she struggles to survive and find her way back to shore.


Photographer and writer Kim Westerskov undertook an expedition to remote Campbell Island. The purpose of this visit was to take underwater photographs of rare species of sea lion for a film and a book about a remote South Pacific Island.