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Hydrothermal Vents: Thar She Blows!
In this lesson students will discover how the proximity of hot magma to cold ocean water creates new rocky structures around hydrothermal vents. During this activity, students will demonstrate an understanding of how the processes that result in the formation of hydrothermal vents create new ocean floor and how the transfer of energy effects solids and liquids. This hands-on activity uses online data resources and includes: focus questions, learning objectives, teaching time, audio/visual materials needed, background information, learning procedures, evaluations, extensions, as well as resources and student handouts.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lab activity
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Chemical oceanography
    • Physical oceanography
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-007-678
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understandings about scientific inquiry
      • B - Physical science:
        • Structure and properties of matter
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
        • Geochemical cycles
Related resources:
This resource is referenced by 'Ocean Explorer'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration