'Black Smokers' WebQuest: An Internet WebQuest on Hydrothermal Vents

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This website contains a black smokers WebQuest where students in groups investigate one aspect of the science of black smokers. The WebQuest provides a separate list of links for each research role, including geochemist, biologist, oceanographer, and geologist. Upon completing their specialist research, the students work in groups to get a better understanding of black smokers and the issues by presenting a position on whether to protect black smokers or continue research on the black smokers for possible benefits. The webpage is divided into the following sections: introduction, the task, the process and resources, conclusion, and hypertext dictionary. This site provides a wealth of information relevant to black smokers with current information, many images, videos, animations, and first hand accounts.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics, Geoscience:Oceanography:Biological, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geochemistry, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Geology and Geophysics, Chemical, Biology, Biogeochemistry, Microbiology, Geoscience:Hydrology, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Principles
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Activities:Project:Independent Research, Investigative Case Studies
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), General Public, Middle (6-8), High School (9-12)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Geochemistry, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Plate Tectonics, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Geophysics, Oceanography, Ecology, Biogeoscience, Hydrology/Hydrogeology, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Water
Extreme Environments: Extremely Hot
Ocean Environments: Deep Sea Floor/Abyssal:Mid-ocean Ridge, Hydrothermal Systems
Topics: Biosphere:Biogeochemistry, Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biosphere:Ecology:Abiotic Relations, Food Webs, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biosphere:Microbiology, Ocean:Chemical Oceanography, Solid Earth:Tectonics, Biosphere:Ecology, Solid Earth:Geochemistry, Ocean:Marine Geology and Geophysics, Biological Oceanography , Hydrosphere/CryosphereKeyword: chemosynthesis