Seamounts

Lessons

These selected lessons were developed by scientists and educators to demonstrate key concepts related to seamounts. For more lessons, search the full OceanExplorer.NOAA.gov lesson archive.

Older lessons are aligned to the National Science Education Standards and newer lessons support the Next Generation Science Standards  (and their associated Common Core Standards). All lessons from 2006 to the present also support the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts . Note: The links provided in lessons are verified at the time of publication, but over time, may change or become obsolete.

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Grades 5-6

Mapping Deep Sea Features (pdf, 271 KB)

Focus: Bathymetric mapping of deep-sea habitats (Earth Science)

Students will create a two-dimensional contour map from actual bathymetric survey data. Students will create a three-dimensional model of the landform on the underwater contour map they created.

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Easy as Pi (pdf, 293 KB)

Focus: Structural complexity in benthic habitats (Life Science/Mathematics)

Students will be able to describe the importance of structural features that increase surface area in benthic habitats. Students will be able to quantify the relative impact of various structural modifications on surface area in model habitats. Students will be able to give examples of organisms that increase the structural complexity of their communities.

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Leaving Home (pdf, 263 KB)

Focus: Dispersal of benthic invertebrate larvae (Life Science)

Students will be able to explain the meaning of "larval dispersal" and "larval retention." Students will be able to explain the importance of larval dispersal and larval retention to populations of organisms in the marine environment. Given data on recruitment of organisms to artificial substrates, students will be able to draw inferences about larval dispersal in these species.

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Grades 7-8

Big Fleas have Little Fleas (pdf, 336 KB)

Focus:Physical structure in benthic habitats (Life Science)

Students will recognize that natural structures and systems often display recurrent complexity over many scales of measurement. Students will be able to infer the importance of structural complexity to species diversity and abundance in benthic habitats. Students will be able to discuss ways that octocorals may modify seamount habitats to make these habitats more suitable for other species. Students create a Sierpinski Triangle.

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Grades 9-12

Round and Round (pdf, 290 KB)

Focus: Circulation cells in the vicinity of seamounts (Earth Science)

Students will be able to interpret data from a three-dimensional array of current monitors to infer an overall pattern of water circulation. Students will be able to hypothesize what effect an observed water circulation pattern might have on seamount fauna that reproduce by means of floating larvae. Students will be able to describe the importance of measurements to verify theoretical predictions. Students create current models.

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Watching in 3-D

Focus: Multibeam sonar/Bathymetric Mapping (Earth Science, Technology)

Students explore specific sea floor discoveries (case studies) using step-by-step tool guides for the Ocean Exploration Digital Atlas (a searchable, interactive expedition data map) and authentic interactive mapping data visualization software.

Case studies included in this package:

  1. Exploring an Underwater Volcano (pdf, 2.0 MB)
  2. Exploring Cold Seeps (pdf, 2.2 MB)
  3. Exploring a Northeast U.S. Seamount (pdf, 1.9 MB)
  4. Exploring a Hotspot Volcano (pdf, 1.8 MB)

 

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Observando en 3D (PDF, 415 KB)

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