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Due to the isolation of seamounts, their biodiversity offers a great deal of information on the development of biological and physical processes. Pupils use simple cluster analysis to rate the similarity and differences in biological species at a variety of seamounts. After creating a dendogram, young scientists interpret the results.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Show examples of completed dendrograms
  • Explain the difference between single linkage method and complete linkage method
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes prior knowledge of cluster analysis

  • Offers extension ideas to use after the lesson
  • Provides cross-curricular connections to math, geography, and earth science

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