Who Has the Light?

Mel Goodwin, NOAA Ocean Explorer

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.

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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:Microbiology
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:EcologyKeywords: Luciferin, Luciferase, Photoprotein, Counter-illumination