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Robert Ballard, Ocean Explorer He discovered the Titanic shipwreck, the thermal vents in the Galapagos Rift, and submarine volcanoes on the Pacific Rise. He has conducted more than 100 expeditions coaxing secrets from the world's oceans. Famed National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Robert Ballard spearheads the Nautilus expeditions, open-ended voyages of ocean discovery, sharing his startling finds with the world through streaming video. Ballard will report on highlights of this project, which is revolutionizing exploration under the sea—a realm about which we know less than the moon. Find out more about the NG Live! Event: Deep Sea Exploration.

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ocean trench
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ocean trench

Ocean trenches are long, narrow depressions on the seafloor. These chasms are the deepest parts of the ocean—and some of the deepest natural spots on Earth. 

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: exploration, geology, lithosphere, marine biology, ocean, oceanography, ocean trenches, plate tectonics, seafloor, subduction, valleys
Exploration Into the Alien Deep (Spanish)
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EDUCATION

Exploration Into the Alien Deep (Spanish)

Find original educational videos on ocean technologies, shipping, and deep-sea geology.

  • Best for: Grades K-12 (ages 5-18)
  • Concepts: alien deep, hydrothermal vents, ocean currents, oceanography, plankton, plate tectonics, robert ballard, shipping, spanish, spanish resources , technology, waves
Remembering the Titanic
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Remembering the Titanic

Find educator resources to contextualize the 100 Year Anniversary of the Titanic's sinking.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: anniversaries, bob ballard, discovery of the titanic, national geographic channel, robert ballard, sinking of the titanic, titanic
Titanic Footage Released to Public
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Titanic Footage Released to Public

On July 18, 1986, new video footage of the sunken ocean liner RMS Titanic was released to the public.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: expeditions, exploration, ocean, robert ballard, shipwrecks, titanic
Titanic Sinking Conditions
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Titanic Sinking Conditions

An interactive map of the area where the Titanic sank. This layer includes ocean currents, and sea surface temperatures.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: gis, mapmaker interactive, maps, robert ballard, titanic
Mauna Kea
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Mauna Kea

The geologic history and landscape of Mauna Kea.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: archipelagos, biodiversity, geology, hawaii, hot spots, islands, mauna kea, mountains, national geographic magazine, oceanography, plate tectonics, robert ballard, volcanoes
Ocean Currents and Climate
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Ocean Currents and Climate

Scientists across the globe are trying to figure out why the ocean is becoming more violent and what, if anything, can be done about it. Ocean currents, including the ocean conveyor belt, play a key role in determining how the ocean distributes heat energy throughout the planet, thereby regulating a...

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: alien deep, climate, ocean, ocean circulation, ocean conveyor belt, oceanography, robert ballard
Economy of Shipping
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Economy of Shipping

The shipping industry is feeling the effects of climate change.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: alien deep, climate change, exports, imports, maritime pilots, ocean, ports, robert ballard, shipping, trade
Deep Sea Hydrothermal Vents
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Deep Sea Hydrothermal Vents

Explore how the 1977 discovery of hydrothermal vent ecosystems in the deep ocean shocked scientists and redefined our understanding of the requirements for life.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: alien deep, black smokers, chemosynthesis, ecosystems, hydrothermal vents, mid-ocean ridges, ocean, photosynthesis, plate tectonics, robert ballard, seeps, white smokers
Ancient Mariners of the Mediterranean
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Ancient Mariners of the Mediterranean

With 95 percent of the seafloor not yet explored, oceanographers and maritime archaeologists look to the deep waters of the Mediterranean and Aegean seas for shipwrecks that can be used to tell the story of ancient civilizations throughout the region. 

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: aegean sea, alien deep, ancient civilizations, ancient greece, civilizations, deep sea archaeology, mediterranean sea, ocean, oceanography, robert ballard
Plate Tectonics
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Plate Tectonics

In 1977, after decades of tediously collecting and mapping ocean sonar data, scientists began to see a fairly accurate picture of the seafloor emerge. The Tharp-Heezen map illustrated the geological features that characterize the seafloor and became a crucial factor in the acceptance of the theories...

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: alien deep, convergent plate boundaries, divergent plate boundaries, mid-ocean ridges, ocean, oceanography, plate tectonics, robert ballard
Ocean Circulation and the Butterfly Effect
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Ocean Circulation and the Butterfly Effect

Observed from the surface, winds, tides, and currents are the dominant forces driving ocean mixing and the circulation of heat, nutrients, and gases across the globe. Below the surface, however, another source of mixing energy is required. The combined research of bioengineers and oceanographers sho...

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: alien deep, bioengineering, butterfly effect, climate, dr. kakani katija, ocean, ocean circulation, ocean currents, oceanography, robert ballard, technology
Ocean Exploration: Technology
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Ocean Exploration: Technology

What drives astronomers to ask, “What’s out there?” and oceanographers, “What’s down there?” Despite covering 71% of the planet, only 5% of the ocean has been explored. Now more than ever in human history, tools and technologies are providing oceanographers and as...

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: alien deep, astronomy, oceanography, remotely-operated vehicles, robert ballard, technology
Ancient Shipwrecks of the Black Sea
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Ancient Shipwrecks of the Black Sea

Due to very low levels of oxygen at shallow depths, Black Sea shipwrecks are well preserved when compared to other Mediterranean wrecks from the same time period. Oceanographers and maritime archaeologists look to the waters of the Black Sea for shipwrecks that can be used to uncover the history and...

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: alien deep, ancient civilizations, ancient egypt, ancient greece, black sea, deep sea archaeology, mediterranean sea, ocean, oceanography, robert ballard
Rogue Waves Revealed
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Rogue Waves Revealed

Huge, freak waves are hard to predict and may be becoming more prevalent.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: alien deep, climate, climate change, currents, freak wave, ocean, oceanography, physics, robert ballard, rogue waves, weather, wind
Rogue Waves
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Rogue Waves

Rogue waves develop from swells interacting with currents and eddies—and can devastate ships at sea.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: currents, eddies, oceanography, physics, rogue waves
Ocean Explorer Robert Ballard
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Ocean Explorer Robert Ballard

Dr. Robert Ballard is an ocean explorer who has discovered shipwrecks (including the R.M.S. Titanic!) as well as the weird world of hydrothermal vents.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: explorers-in-residence, oceanography, real-world geography, robert ballard
Titanic's Maiden Voyage
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Titanic's Maiden Voyage

Photo: The Titanic on her maiden voyage

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: anniversaries, exploration, history, ocean, oceanography, robert ballard, titanic
Fessenden Oscillator
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Fessenden Oscillator

Picture of Fessenden holding his oscillator

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: beebe, discovery, engineering, magnetism, mid-atlantic ridge, ocean, ocean exploration, oceanography, research
Hawaii Geology
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Hawaii Geology

Bob Ballard travels to Hawaii to explore the terrestrial and deep sea geology of the Mauna Kea, the tallest mountain in the world.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: alien deep, deep sea exploration, deep sea technology, hot spots, hydrothermal vents, ocean, plate tectonics, robert ballard, seafloor exploration, seamounts, volcanoes
Robert Ballard: Titanic
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Robert Ballard: Titanic

Explorer-in-Residence fights to protect the wreck.

  • Best for: Grades 9+ (ages 14+)
  • Concepts: discovery, ng live, preservation, robert ballard, titanic
Restore the Titanic
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Restore the Titanic

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard discovered the Titanic and wants to preserve the most famous ship in history from plunder.

  • Best for: Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)
  • Concepts: discovery, exploration, historic sites, ng live, ocean, preservation, robert ballard, titanic
Painting the Titanic
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Painting the Titanic

Robert Ballard's proposal to save the beloved ship.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: engineering, historical sites, ng live, ocean, preservation, robert ballard, titanic
Titanic's Graveyard
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Titanic's Graveyard

Robert Ballard honors victims at historic site of Titanic wreckage.

  • Best for: Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)
  • Concepts: digital imaging, exploration, ng live, ocean, photography, robert ballard, titanic