Put 1 cup of salt pellets into the tennis ball container.
Place the golf ball on top of the salt pellets.
Fill the container with tap water within 2 inches of the top of the container.
Place the lid on the container and shake to mix the salt and water until the golf ball floats. Tennis ball container lid are NOT water tight so holding a paper towel or hand towel over the lid while shaking the container is advised.
Wait a couple of minutes for the water to clear.
Pour 500-700 mL of water in the beaker. Add a few drops of food coloring to your water. Mix until the food coloring is evenly dispersed.
SLOWLY add the blue “fresh” water on top of the golf ball to fill the remaining space in the can. Be sure to pour the water so it hits the golf ball to avoid mixing the fresh and salt water. Record what you observe. Make a sketch of the results.
Use the 2-liter bottle to carefully fill 2 Pyrex dishes with water until it is about ½ inches from the top of the dish. Allow the water to become still. One dish will be your control.
Fill the small beaker ½ full of water. Add 2 ice cubes. Squeeze 5 drops of food coloring into the water. Stir until the food coloring is evenly distributed in the water and the water is cold.
Gently dispense 5 drops of cold, colored water in one end of each dish. The cold, colored water represents the nutrients found on the ocean floor. These nutrients come from organisms that die and fall to the ocean floor and decompose. Record your observations of the cold, colored water after it is dispensed into each dish.
Bend the end of the straw. Rest the short, bent end on the end of one of the dishes. Softly blow across the top of the water. Be sure NOT to blow into the water. Record your observations.
Observe the other dish without blowing across the top. Compare your observations of the 2 dishes. Record your observations.