Lost City Chemistry Detectives

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In 1977, scientists discovered hot springs in the middle of deep, cold ocean waters near the Galapagos Islands. Scholars research the chemical reactions that explain what scientists found at the Lost City. A discussion connects many concepts and introduces new vocabulary.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Before the lesson, review convergent and divergent boundaries and hydrothermal vents
  • Discuss what other areas of the earth scientists haven't investigated yet and what they might find when they do
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of plate tectonics, pH, and temperature
Pros

  • Contains cross-curricular connections to language arts, geography, and science
  • Offers multiple extension ideas for those enchanted by the concepts
  • Includes a vocabulary list students should include in their answers to ensure they are on the right track
Cons

  • None