Poseidon
Poseidon (2006)
 
Concept featured in clip: Weather: Ocean waves specifically rogue waves
Location of clip: DVD: Chapter 5- Capsized (watch approximately 3 minutes)



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Summary of clip: On New Year's Eve, the luxury ocean liner, Poseidon, capsizes after being swamped by a rogue wave. The survivors are left to fight for survival as they attempt to escape the sinking ship.
Connection of flickclip to the concept: This flickclip introduces a type of wave not readily known to most people. Rogue waves, also known as freak waves, or extreme waves, are relatively large and spontaneous ocean surface waves that are a threat even to large ships and ocean liners. In oceanography, they are more precisely define as waves whose height is more than twice the significant wave height (SWH), which is itself defined as the mean of the largest third of waves in a wave record. This clip is a great tool for introducing a unit on ocean waves.
Suggestions to teachers:

1. Have students make a list of all the types of ocean waves they know about.

2. Have them watch the flickclip and then add rogue waves to the list.

3. Have students break off into groups and discuss how they think rouge waves, tsunamis, and other ocean waves came to be known.

4. Allow each team to investigate one of the waves from the list and have each group present their research to the class