You can pick any topic related to oceanography, as long as the topic meets the standards of a college-level academic paper. I have also included a list of potential topics below that you may choose from as well.


Paper Guidelines:


The paper should be written in APA format. Your paper should also adhere to the following guidelines:


Your paper does NOT require an abstract page, which is typical of a longer document.

Your paper SHOULD include a title page and should be formatted with the correct headers and page numbers.

Your paper should be a minimum of five (5) pages in length, Times New Roman 10-12 font, double-spaced.

Your paper must include a minimum of three (3) academic resources, properly cited in APA format.

Possible Topic Ideas (You are NOT required to use these. Choose what you are interested in)


The Ice Age and Oceanic Development

Undersea Volcanic Activity

Deep Sea Sedimentation

Dissolved Organic Matter in the Ocean

Ocean Erosion


Water Circulation Patterns in Fjords

Salinity Processes in the Indian Ocean

Hydrothermal Vents

Colonization of the Ocean Floor

Ocean Reefs and Biodiversity

Changing Dynamics of the Ocean’s Food Web

Comparison of Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

The Origin of Ocean Water

Marine Chemistry (salt, oxygen, carbon dioxide, trace elements)

Icebergs and Sea Ice

Wave Transport of Sediment and Beach Formation

Coastal Erosion and Deposition

Geothermal Processes on the Ocean Floor (Mineral Formation)

Life in the Deep Sea

Upwelling of Deep Water

Sea Currents

The Tides

Use of Remote Sensing in Oceanography

Oxygen Isotopes in Deep Sea Cores

Ocean Impacts on the Atmosphere

Sea Level Rise

Past, Present and Future

Ocean Acidification

Ocean Mining

History of Ocean Exploration

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