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Deep-Sea Ecosystems – A Tale of Deep Corals

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Many have debated which came first, the chicken or the egg, but this lesson debates which came first, the hydrocarbons or the carbonate reef. After a discussion on deep-sea corals, scholars receive a set of questions to research and answer in order to expand their knowledge and draw their own conclusions. 


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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Review correlation versus causation before scholars begin their research
  • If pupils are not already familiar with the concept of an abstract from a research paper, explain the importance of a document like this
  • Lesson is the sixth in a series of 16+
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires prior knowledge of hydrocarbon seeps
  • Includes information on many related lesson plans and resources for further exploration of the topic
  • Provides the abstract of two research papers to assist in completing the assignment
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