This education module will help middle school and high school students learn about some of the most extreme habitats on Earth – underwater volcanoes and hydrothermal vents. When you click on an image, the information will be on the right. Be sure to click on the hyperlinks to go to other websites for more learning.
Learn some fun facts about underwater volcanoes as well as hydrothermal vents! You can learn more ocean facts through the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.
Enjoy a selection of videos edited by GFOE videographers on the beauty and biodiversity of underwater volcanoes and hydrothermal vents. Click the 3-dot icon in the upper right of the video to see the full playlist.
A selection of essays written by volcanologists and experts. These essays are generally written at an 8th grade reading level. You can read more essays on underwater volcanoes and hydrothermal vents from NOAA here.
Are you interested in studying volcanoes? From traveling the world to diving to great depths, learn what it takes to work in volcanology. You can explore other careers through NOAA here.
Think About It
- What are the benefits of studying underwater volcanoes and hydrothermal vents?
- What tools and instruments would you use to study these features?
- What kind of adaptations do animals need in order to live on underwater volcanoes and hydrothermal vents?