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Lights in the Deep
This bioluminescence activity will help students to understand how animals produce and use light in the deep ocean. Students will describe, compare, and contrast bioluminescence, fluorescence, phosphorescence, and chemiluminescence. They will explain the role of three major components of bioluminescent systems and will explain how three organisms use bioluminescence. In addition, students will discuss at least three practical applications of knowledge about bioluminescence and how this knowledge may benefit humans.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
  • Biology
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Biological oceanography
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-007-762
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Understandings about scientific inquiry
      • B - Physical science:
        • Chemical reactions
      • C - Life science:
        • The cell
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Author: Dr Mel Goodwin
The Harmony Project