Module 14 The Deep Ocean Part 2

As we continue our study of the Deep Ocean, we learned that scientists only know about 5% of what lies in the Deep Ocean.  At these great depths, pressure is the determining factor for where an organism can live. The deeper depth, the greater the pressure.  Since the deep ocean is devoid of light, there us no need for countershading.  However, bioluminescence plays a significant role in an organisms ability to gather food and reproduce.

In the deep ocean there are the deep trenches and mid-ocean ridges.  These are areas of the earth’s crust that are slowly moving away from each other.  Sea water moves down through these cracks and gets heated to very high temperatures.  It then spews out vent areas, carrying with it dissolved minerals and hydrogen sulfide. We call these Hydrothermal Vents.  Hydrogen Sulfide is toxic to most creatures. However, around them there are thriving communities that live there.  They are like an oases in a desert!  Scientists have learned that there are types of bacteria that can extract the energy contained in certain minerals and use that energy to make organic matter.  They use a process similar to photosynthesis, but they substitute chemical energy for solar energy.  This process is called chemosynthesis. The two deep ocean vent communities that we studied are called Black Smokers and Cold Seeps.

As we watch current events unfold in Japan, we can see how this country is dealing with the earth’s plates moving.  The earthquake that measured 8.9 and the subsequent Tsunami are the result of the Japan resting upon four Tectonic Plates.

Japan's four Tectonic Plates

MODULE 14 THE DEEP SEA study notes part 2 pages 343 – 351

Next weeks class challenge:  The most colorful dresser!

Could this be you?


  1. Complete Module 14 Test
  2. Those students who did not have completed notebooks, you will have a notebook check after class (Tests up to Module 13, On Your Own, Study Guide, Lab book and your notebook in order.)
  3. Module 15  read pages 355 – 365
  4. Answer On Your Own questions 15. 1 – 15. 5
  5. Answer Study Guide questions 1 – 13;  Definitions a – c

Have a great week!  Enjoy the Sarasota County Fair.  Check out The Wavemakers projects in the Mini-Building.   Looking forward to seeing everyone in class on March 22.  -Mrs. S

“Expect to have hope rekindled.  Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last.  The Spring rains will come again.”                                  -Sarah Ban Breathnach

“Rejoice in confident hope.  Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” Romans 12:12




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