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Students examine biological diversity and see how it relates to the concepts of variety and relative abundance.  In this investigative lesson plan students view a video on biodiversity and complete an activity. 
Young scholars study benthic communities in the Gulf of Mexico and explain their roles.  In this investigative activity students participate in a group activity and study how to calculate and index of biological communities. 
Students describe major features of cold seep communities  and list organisms that are found in these communities.  In this water habitat activity students examine trophic levels, describe the process of chemosynthesis and list the organisms that are found in these habitats. 
Learners describe major features of cold seep communities, and list at least five organisms typical of these communities. They infer probable trophic relationships among organisms typical of cold-seep communities.
Marine science classes read about the 2005 North Atlantic Stepping Stones Expedition and review climate change. They use maps to locate the seamount chains. In collaborative groups, they research how climate change may be altering the deep-sea organisms in the area. Plenty of background information and links to other resources are provided to support your implementation of this lesson.
Students study the organisms that are found in cold seeps and see how they interact with each-other.  In this biological organism instructional activity students describe the major features of cold seeps and the process of chemosynthesis. 
Students describe features of cold seep communities and list organisms that can be found in these communities.  In this exploratory activity students complete an activity and describe the process of chemosynthesis. 
Students explore screening processes for biological activity.  In this deep sea lesson students complete a lab activity. 
Students describe features of cold seep communities and investigate five organisms that live there.  In this biological organisms lesson students research a given species and give an oral presentation on their results. 
Students identify and discuss key factors that determine how effective color camouflage is in certain habitats.  In this investigative lesson students divide into groups and study light. 
Students describe typical marine food webs, and explain why food is generally scarce in the deep-ocean environment. They discuss reasons that seamounts may support a higher density of biological organisms than would appear to be possible.
After some instruction, small groups prepare a written report on chemotrophic organisms. Though not clearly mentioned, this resource would work best if groups have the Internet available to research the vocabulary and different organisms on their worksheets.  Have each group share the imaginary new species that they create!
Students examine different mixtures and how they can be separated.  In this electric sieve lesson students complete an activity that allows them to separate mixtures.
High schoolers research to answer questions related to deep sea diving. In this deep sea diving lesson, students answer questions on a worksheet using the Internet. They discuss pressure, gas laws, and the physiology of diving in the deep sea.
Students research the implementation of a research vessel used for ocean exploration.  In buoyancy lesson plan students will construct a device that shows neutral buoyancy.
High schoolers compare and contrast different types of light on the electromagnetic spectrum.  In this investigative activity students create a photographic image that demonstrates the infrared, ultraviolet and polarization phenomena. 
Students investigate the vision adaptations in marine animals in their environments. In this life science lesson, students use polarized filters and make observations.  Students explain how the adaptation of polarized vision is an advantage in the marine environment.
Explorers set up Windogradsky columns with local mud so that they can culture microorganisms. After three and six weeks they make observations of the mud and the organisms growing in it. In this way they observe succession and relate this to deep-sea chemosynthetic communities. To conclude, they write an essay on the importance of deep-sea organisms. The write-up does not include a lab sheet, but rather, it uses class discussion as a way to process observations and knowledge gained. 
High schoolers examine water circulation and describe the importance of measurements.  In this seamounts lesson students interpret data and complete a group activity. 
Students compare and contrast common reproductive strategies used by benthic invertebrates. They describe the most common reproductive strategies among benthic invertebrates on a seamount, and explain why these strategi

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