Deep Sea Vents Harbor Earth's Hottest Animal

Mission to the Abyss, University of Delaware Graduate College of Marine Studies

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This University of Delaware interactive web page combines text, images, video, and audio clips to describe the Pompeii worm (Alvinella pompejana), the most heat tolerant animal on Earth. Features of this site include: a 3-D visual which allows users to manipulate and view the organism from all angles, a video that shows the worm feeding on bacteria in its habitat, and audio clips that enhance images of the worm and its hydrothermal vent community.

Subject: Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Benthic, Biology:Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Audio/Visual:Audio, Animations/Video, Images/Illustrations
Grade Level: Informal, General Public, College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Extreme Environments: High Pressure, Extremely Hot
Ocean Environments: Deep Sea Floor/Abyssal:Hydrothermal Systems
Topics: Biosphere:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biosphere:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biosphere:Ecology:Habitats:Benthic, Biosphere:Microbiology
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:EcologyKeyword: tube worm