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White flocculent mats in and around the extremely gassy, high-temperature (>100°C, 212°F) white smokers at Champagne Vent.

Photograph courtesy of NOAA

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Exploration Into the Alien Deep
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Exploration Into the Alien Deep

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

  • Concepts: alien deep, biology, black sea, bob ballard, current, currents, dr. robert ballard, geology, hawaii, hydrothermal vents, mediterranean sea, national geographic channel, ocean, oceanography, rogue waves, rov, submersable, technology, wave, waves
Exploration Into the Alien Deep
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Exploration Into the Alien Deep

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

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: alien deep, biology, black sea, bob ballard, current, currents, dr. robert ballard, geology, hawaii, hydrothermal vents, mediterranean sea, national geographic channel, ocean, oceanography, rogue waves, rov, submersable, technology, wave, waves
ocean vent
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ocean vent

An ocean vent is a fissure in the seafloor that spews hot, often toxic fluids and gases.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: chemistry, geology, habitat, hydrothermal vents, ocean, ocean vents, plate tectonics, pressure, temperature
Exploration Into the Alien Deep (Spanish)
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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
Scientists Explore Hydrothermal Vents
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Scientists Explore Hydrothermal Vents

On February 17, 1977, scientists explored undersea hydrothermal vents for the first time. 

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: animals, ecosystems, environment, exploration, galapagos islands, hydrothermal vents, pacific ocean
Giant Tube Worms
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Giant Tube Worms

Photo: A colony of tube worms

  • Concepts: galapagos rift, hydrothermal vents, marine ecosystems, pacific ocean, tube worms
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
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
Ocean Exploration
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Ocean Exploration

Students brainstorm what it means to be an explorer, watch a short video, and write or draw on a world map what they would like to explore in the ocean.

  • Best for: Grades 3-8 (ages 8-14)
  • Concepts: discovery, exploration, hydrothermal vents, mapmaker kits, ng live, ocean, robert ballard
Deep-Sea Ecosystems: Extreme Living
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Deep-Sea Ecosystems: Extreme Living

Students discuss how they and other organisms adapt to survive in different environments. They discover the characteristics of deep-sea extremophiles that help those organisms survive in several deep-sea ecosystems.

  • Best for: Grades 3-5 (ages 8-11)
  • Concepts: adaptation, deep sea, ecosystems, habitats, ocean
Exploring the Edge of Existence
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Exploring the Edge of Existence

Video. Nobel Laureate John Mather and Nat Geo Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard discuss how technology expands the limits of the known universe at an NG Live event in Washington, DC. In this excerpt, Ballard details the discovery of hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: discovery, explorers, hydrothermal vents, ng live, ocean, robert ballard
Marine Communities
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Marine Communities

Download and print these marine community illustrations to learn about the organisms that live in different ocean environments.

  • Best for: Grades 9+ (ages 14+)
  • Concepts: abyssal plain, antarctica, arctic, coral reefs, deep sea, ecosystems, hydrothermal vents, kelp forests, mangroves, mudflats, ocean, ocean animals, open ocean, rocky shore, salt marshes, sandy shore
Mapping Marine Ecosystems
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Mapping Marine Ecosystems

Students investigate types of marine ecosystems, identify examples of these ecosystems and their characteristics, and locate the ecosystems on a map of the world's oceans.

  • Best for: Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)
  • Concepts: coral reefs, deep sea, hydrothermal vents, mangroves, marine ecosystems, ocean
Deep-Sea Geysers
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Deep-Sea Geysers

Students watch a video about hydrothermal vents and then use a map of plate tectonics to identify and mark where in the world the vents are most likely to be found.

  • Best for: Grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)
  • Concepts: chemosynthesis, geysers, hydrothermal vents, ocean, plate tectonics
Hydrothermal Vent Chemistry and Life
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Hydrothermal Vent Chemistry and Life

Students explore interactives to learn about hydrothermal vent chemistry and the animals that have adapted to living in the harsh environment near vents.

  • Best for: Grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)
  • Concepts: animal adaptations, chemistry, chemosynthesis, hydrothermal vents, ocean