Explore the Galapagos spreading center using GeoMapApp. Learn the basic functions of the tool using the location of the first discovery and underwater images from the site.
Create a topographic profile across the East Pacific Rise. Explore relationships between locations of hydrothermal vents and the topography of a spreading center using high-resolution data from Ridge 2000 research at the East Pacific Rise.
Read, observe photographs, explore web pages, and watch movies to learn about the various organisms living in and around hydrothermal vents fields.
Explore more images of life in extreme environments. Use latitude and longitude coordinates to import images and data from the internet.
Form hypotheses about the ecosystem of the East Pacific Rise. Analyze patterns in observations of location, species concentration and diversity, vent structures, water temperature, or chemistry. Suggest ideas for future study based on hypotheses.