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Stranded - Student Activities - Catch A Wave

Student Activities


Problem Statement
You and the 7 other crew members of your boat are stranded on an island. The only source of fresh water is an aquifer whose outlet is on the rocky coast and is only accessible during an extremely low tide, lower than -2.0 feet to MLLW.

Your challenge is to determine when the low tide will occur to collect fresh water. Calculate how much water people will need per day to survive (See: daily water requirements). Then, determine when the next low tide will occur so that you can calculate the total amount of fresh water needed to sustain the crew.

1. You and your 7 crew members are stranded on Kodiak Island for the next 3 months. Will there be a tide low enough to collect fresh water? How much will you need to collect to sustain the entire crew until the end of the three month period, or until the next low tide, which ever event arrives first.