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How can ecosystems survive without sunlight?

NOAA Ocean Exploration Student Investigation

How can ecosystems survive without sunlight?

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Lesson Overview

In today's Daily Do, students engage in science and engineering practices and use patterns and systems thinking to develop an understanding of chemosynthesis to explain how dynamic ecosystems can survive in the absence of light (phenomenon). 

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You can also access the How can ecosystems survive without sunlight? lesson from the NOAA Ocean Exploration website under the title Investigation: Life on a Hydrothermal Vent.



Individual Student Materials

  • Hydrothermal Vent Food Web Student Activity Sheet (page 12 of PDF)
  • Hydrothermal Vent Food Web Presentation (food web organism cards and instructions for online learning)
  • Whiteboards and Dry Erase Markers (or online collaboration space)


This is a NOAA Ocean Exploration Student Investigation. Additional lessons and other educational resources about the deep sea can be found on the NOAA Ocean Exploration website.

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Created in cooperation with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation under federal award NA19OAR0110405 for the Deep Ocean Education Project.

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