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Cold Seeps

Cold seeps are locations where hydrocarbon-rich fluid seeps up from below the seafloor, often as methane or hydrogen sulfide. Cold seeps have been found to support significant chemosynthetic communities, which produce food using chemical energy.

Choose from the sections below to further explore ocean exploration education resources on bioluminescence.


These selected ocean exploration lessons were developed by educators and scientists to demonstrate key cold seep concepts. Lessons support the Next Generation Science Standards and the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts. (Note: The links provided in lessons are verified at the time of publication, but over time, may change or become obsolete.)

These items are only a selection of the educational materials highlighting cold seeps on our website.

For more lessons and background information explore the Deep Ocean Education Project Website.

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