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Stanford University School of Earth Sciences: Marine Virtual Explorer DLESE Reviewed Collection
This site uses Virtual Reality field trips in the Alvin submarine to the East Pacific Rise to explore hydrothermal vents. The education activites focus on 4 activities: Exploration, Observing (actual video from the seafloor), Mapping, and Collecting a Water Sample. Teaching materials for each of the explorations have been provided, each with two levels of assessment (basic and advanced).
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Field trip - virtual
  • Visual:
    • Map
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Biological oceanography
Technical requirements:
Quicktime 5, Shockwave
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright Charley Weiland
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-228
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Physical systems:
      • The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface
    • Places and regions:
      • The physical and human characteristics of places
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Dr Charley Weiland
Stanford University