Vents and Volcanoes

Student Investigation:

Life on a Hydrothermal Vent

Grade Level:

9th - 12th grade (Life science)

Activity/Investigation Description:

Despite existing in the depths of the ocean, where sunlight cannot reach, hydrothermal vents are oases of life in the deep. In this investigation, students explore the phenomenon: How can ecosystems survive without sunlight? and develop their understanding of chemosynthetic communities through student-sensemaking.