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Dispatch from the Deep: Shaping the Ocean Floor at the Mid-Ocean Ridges
This text reports on the experiences of a science teacher who joined a research expedition to study deep sea vents in the Pacific Ocean. It offers an engaging and informative overview of topics including the peaks, valleys, and plains that form the floor of the ocean and the internal heat that cracks the crust and causes it to move along plate boundaries. It also explains why submarine volcanoes form at mid-ocean ridges and how the intense pressure and cold water of the deep seas change the way lava flows to produce pillow lava. The author makes these observations from the deck of the research vessel Atlantis while the submersible research vessel Alvin dives below.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
Subject:
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Physical oceanography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2002 American Museum of Natural History. All rights reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-005-792
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
    • 9-12:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: American Museum of Natural History