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Hydrothermal vents: This old tubeworm - NOAA Ocean Explorer

Lesson Plan 

Students learn about the process of chemosynthesis and how to calculate  age of tube worms found in deep-sea vents.

Concept: Ocean habitats
There are many diverse habitats in the open ocean, which contribute to the diversity of organisms.

National Science Education Standards
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K-12 Unifying Concepts and Processes
Systems, order, and organization
Evidence, models, and explanation
Form and Function

9-12 A Science as Inquiry
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Understandings about scientific inquiry

9-12 B Physical Science
Chemical reactions

9-12 C Life Science
Interdependence of organisms

Ocean Literacy Essential Principles (PDF booklet): 5. The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems (concepts e, g)

Life on an Ocean Planet text reference (book link): Chapter 4 The Energy of Life 4:11-12
Chapter 16 Marine Ecosystems 16:33-36