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The Case of the Missing Rumbleometer: A deep ocean mystery DLESE Reviewed Collection
The New Millennium Observatory (NeMO) is a seafloor observatory off the coast of Oregon, which studies the relationships between submarine volcanic events and the chemistry and distribution of hydrothermal vents and the biologic communities that depend on them. The research activities at NeMO provide an extraordinary educational opportunity, both from the daily reports from expeditions at sea and from creative learning materials based on NeMO results. This curriculum is based on real events and real data: the 1998 eruption at Axial Volcano and the rumbleometer instrument that was stuck in the new lava flow. The activities for the classroom are modeled on how scientists actually investigated this event. This curriculum is intended for middle and high school students in earth science and marine science classes and includes advice for presentation and additional background information that could be incorporated into the lessons. It is supported by the National Science Foundation, Oregon Sea Grant, and Oregon State University.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Field trip - virtual
    • Module / Unit
  • Visual:
    • Map
    • Photograph
    • Video
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Text:
    • Glossary
    • Ref. material
  • Dataset:
    • In-situ
Subject:
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geochemistry
    • Geology
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Biological oceanography
    • Chemical oceanography
    • Physical oceanography
  • Technology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Resource table of contents are also available for download in the following formats: Powerpoint, PDF, and HTML (zip file).
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Information presented on these pages is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-001-099
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
        • Evolution and equilibrium
        • Systems, order, and organization
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • B - Physical science:
        • Transfer of energy
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about sci. / tech.
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural hazards
        • Sci. / tech. in society
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Science as a human endeavor
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
        • Evolution and equilibrium
        • Systems, order, and organization
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Understandings about scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about science and technology
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Science as a human endeavor
Related resources:
This resource is referenced by 'New Millennium Observatory (NeMO)'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Dr William Chadwick
NOAA VENTS

Author: Mr Ronald Crouse
Hatfield Marine Science Center

Contributor: Ms Teresa Atwill
Lincoln County School District

Contributor: Ms Vicki Osis
Oregon Sea Grant

Contributor: Mr William Hanshumaker
Oregon Sea Grant