Listen to the Call to the Deep!
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the State's name.
Everett Alvarez High School,
Rockland District High School,
Deer Park Middle Magnet School,
Polytech High School,
East Amwell School,
Smyrna High School,
Bangor Area Senior High School,
Everett Alvarez High School, Salinas, CA
Teacher: Bev McKinney
1. What is the hardest thing about adapting to life at sea?
2. Do Alvin's lights have any negative effects on the organisms you are
Jefferson School, Georgetown, DE
Teacher: John Gause
1. Has Atlantis ever experienced trouble getting to a dive site?
2. Do the bacteria at the hydrothermal vent site, while in their natural
environment, serve any purpose other than to use chemosynthesis to make
food for animals at the vent?
Polytech High School, Woodside, DE
Teachers: Kathy Griffin and Rob Adams
1. Have you ever lost communications with Alvin when it was deep in the
ocean? If so, what did you do?
2. Being that you are untethered, what backup plan do you have if you
develop mechanical problems while working so deep in the ocean?
Smyrna High School, Smyrna, DE
Teacher: Amy Quillen
1. We have viewed several films on hydrothermal vents, and it appears
be a concern that volcanic eruptions could occur, covering the entire
site. How can you be sure that there won't be an eruption while you are
at the vent site? How do you protect yourselves against this if it happens?
2. What is the pressure like going down in Alvin? Do your ears pop? Do
you have trouble breathing or get light-headed?
Decatur Classical, Chicago, IL
Teacher: Judith Cobb
1. Does anyone ever get seasick on the ship? Is there a medical staff
take care of emergencies? What would you do if someone got hurt on the
ship or on Alvin?
2. What kind of tools do use to probe the bottom of the ocean? Are they
made of special materials to withstand the pressure and the exposure to
the cold and salt of the ocean? What do the tools do, for instance, dig,
scratch, snare, crack, or hold? Have you designed your own tools to meet
Rockland District High School, Rockland, ME
Teacher: Paul Desaulniers
1. What is the cost to operate an oceanographic ship at
2. How do you get live samples to the surface?
Deer Park Middle Magnet School, Baltimore, MD
Teacher: Rose Galitzer
1. What equipment and instruments do you carry on the research vessel?
do they allow you to get better information than bringing samples back
to a lab?
2. How do vent animals live with all that pressure? Why don't they
collapse or turn inside out? Have you found any special body parts that
help them live under the pressure?
(8) NEW JERSEY
East Amwell School, Ringoes, NJ
Teacher: Mary Anne Ciancia
1. What equipment backups and safety procedures are important for the
2. How is oxygen supplied to the scientists in Alvin?
Bangor Area Senior High School, Bangor, PA
Teacher: Sandra Ivey
1. Would you describe what a typical day is like for a scientist on
2. Please describe for us what the experience is like for a scientist
making a dive to the vents. What do you see as you descend to the deep,
how does it feel? What do you see when you reach the vent site? What do
you experience during ascent?
Carver Center, Midland, TX
Teacher: Robin Bartel
1. What do you do as scientists after you make a big discovery?
2. Plants that use photosynthesis have oxygen as a by-product. Do the
bacteria that use chemosynthesis also have oxygen as a by-product?