This NOAA classroom activity explores bioluminescence. This PDF addresses: Which deep-sea organisms are capable of bioluminescence, and how does this ability benefit these organisms? In this activity, students will: compare and contrast chemiluminescence, bioluminescence, fluorescence, and phosphorescence, explain ways in which the ability to produce light may be useful to deep-sea organisms, and explain how scientists may be able to use light-producing processes in deep-sea organisms to observe these organisms in a new way. Several links to related online resources are provided.
Subject: Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biology:Microbiology Resource Type: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity Grade Level: High School (9-12), Middle (6-8) Ocean Environments: Deep Sea Floor/Abyssal, Deep Waters Topics: Biosphere:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biosphere:Ecology:Abiotic Relations, Biosphere:MicrobiologyKeywords: Luciferin, Luciferase, Photoprotein, Counter-illumination
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