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We're in Hot Water Now: Hydrothermal Vents
In this lesson students will access a link to another site to learn about the processes that drive geysers, which are roughly analogous to hydrothermal vents. They will then examine photographs of some hydrothermal vents, discuss the reasons they occur, and learn about some uniquely adapted animals that live near the vents. They will conclude by creating aquarium exhibits showcasing some of these animals and their special adaptations.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Lesson plan
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Biological oceanography
    • Physical oceanography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2004, National Geographic Society. All Rights Reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-007-471
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • C - Life science:
        • Organisms and environments
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Changes in earth and sky
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Physical systems:
      • The characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on Earth's surface
      • The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'National Geographic Xpeditions Atlas'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: National Geographic Society