In its 2007 report on 'Investigating the Oceans', the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee noted that 'marine science has clear attractions to young people and could be drawn into many topics to increase interest in science, such as biodiversity in the deep ocean', and suggested that 'a focus on extreme environments (space and oceans) would entice young people into science'.
We agree wholeheartedly, and here is our pick of educational links about undersea volcanoes and deep-sea life:
(There are lots of webpages out there about deep-sea vents, but unfortunately many are riddled with factual errors. However, those Venture Deep Ocean pages are excellent; they were created by the Education and Outreach team of Ridge 2000, the US national programme of scientific research at mid-ocean ridges.)
If you are in the southern UK and would like some hands-on experience of marine science, why not try a Discover Oceanography trip? The University of Southampton offers school groups the opportunity for half-day field trips aboard its research vessel Callista. We can't take you to deep-sea vents, but the trips aboard Callista give a real taste of science at sea - including driving a remotely-operated vehicle to explore the seafloor of the Solent. And you can usually have a talk from one of our expedition team members afterwards - and meet some of the new species that we have found at deep-sea vents.
Join our recent expedition to the world's deepest and strangest undersea vents in the Cayman Trough.
What did we investigate?
Follow the story of our expedition to the first deep-sea vents found in the Southwest Indian Ocean.
What did we find?