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Exploring the Ocean Seafloor: Underwater Volcanoes and their Habitats

October 20, 2020

Colleen Hoffman, Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Studies and NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Lab in Seattle, WA

Come learn about the explosive world of underwater volcanoes! Alien looking organisms, robots and submarines, and eruptions are all part of the fun in studying these systems 10,000-13,000 feet below sea level. Narrated by a marine geochemist, we explore an underwater volcano habitat and how we collect samples from the deep.

Resources to access at home:

» Videos used in the talk: Volcanic eruptions on the seafloor, Life at a Hydrothermal Vent, and What it is like to go down in HOV Alvin
» Demo for Oreo plate tectonics
» Last 40 years of hydrothermal vent explorations (video showing all the different types of systems)
» C-DEBI deep-sea lesson plans
» NOAA Ocean Today Every Full Moon: Deep Sea Dive Collection
» NOAA Ocean Explorer: Hunting for Alien Life at the Bottom of the Arctic Ocean
» NOAA Ocean Explorer: Hydrothermal Vents: 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas
» NOAA Ocean Explorer: Education Therme: Vents and Volcanoes lesson plans
» HACON – Hot Vents in an Ice-Covered Ocean
Exploring the Deep, Dark Sea by Gail Gibbons.
» Alien Deep: Revealing the Mysterious Living World at the Bottom of the Ocean (National Geographic Kids) by Bradley Hague.
Discovering the Deep by Jeffrey A. Karson, Deborah S. Kelley, Daniel J. Fornari, Michael R, Perfit, and Timothy M. Shank.