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Hydrothermal Vents

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Hydrothermal vents are areas where the earth's tectonic plates touchThis activity is designed to help students understand the formation process and learn about the unique biological communities are present at different vent fields. The learning is consolidated with a poster making activity.


By the end of the lesson students will:

  • able to explain and define what a hydrothermal vent is
  • describe biogeography and discuss the adaptations of animals living in hydrothermal vents
  • Discuss examples of animals living in hydrothermal vents

Resources needed

  • Downloadable worksheets (jigsaw pieces and vent map)
  • Background information sheet 
  • Card for poster making
  • glue
  • coloured pencils.

Find out more

If you would like to find out more about this class or if you would like to discuss a field trip to the Dove Marine Laboratory in more detail you can use the blue enquiry form to the right of this page. Alternatively you can contact our Marine Education Officer, by email or by telephone: 0191 208 3066.

Relevant subjects Type of activity Suitable audiences
  • Biology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Marine Science
  • Resources
  • Y 4
  • Y 5
  • Y 6
  • Y 7
  • Y 8
  • Y 9
  • KS 3