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Mountains under the Sea

Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, Nekton Submarine STEM 2020 live lessons will be delivered as a virtual event, with speakers joining from where they are, rather than from the research vessel.

In this lesson, learners will meet Dr Lucy Woodall, principal scientist at Nekton and senior research fellow at the University of Oxford.

Connect live to the Indian Ocean, where the Nekton expedition team is undertaking important research about the health of the deep ocean off Seychelles and the Maldives. This live lesson will focus on the underwater habitat that the team are exploring - seamounts. With only 0.3 per cent of the known 100,000 seamounts researched to date, these hot spots for marine biodiversity remain some of the least known and least protected parts of our planet.

Classes will have have the chance to put their questions to the team on-board the research ship DSSV Pressure Drop, including the chance to communicate live with DSV Limiting Factor, the submarine used in this research, which is capable of diving to the deepest point in the ocean.

Broadcast on Tue 24 Mar 2020
  • 45 mins
  • Ages 7-11, Ages 11-14

Prepare for this live lesson by reviewing the attached supporting resources and see the expedition website to learn more about Nekton | First Descent: Midnight Zone. Don't forget to submit questions in advance via the Live Lesson tab in your user profile, once you have booked the lesson.

Live lesson outline

1. Introduction (5 mins)

The Live Lesson host welcomes students to the expedition and outlines the lesson. They will introduce the expedition and say a little about the research being conducted by the Nekton team. There will also be shout-outs to any registered schools, so listen out for yours.

2. Exploring seamounts (20 mins)

The host will then introduce Dr Lucy Woodall, and students will then be introduced to the importance of seamounts and what the team have seen and discovered so far. Seamounts are undersea mountains formed by volcanic activity. They are often home to species found nowhere else on the planet and provide protective nurseries for young fish. The Nekton Mission team will be diving to depths of up to 4,000 metres

3. Pre-submitted questions (10 mins)

At this point, the team will answer as many pre-submitted questions as possible.

4. Live questions answered (10 mins)

The remaining time will be spent answering as many questions from the Youtube live chat as possible.


LUCY WOODALL Sub live 2020

Dr Lucy Woodall

Principal Scientist, Nekton and Senior Research fellow, University of Oxford.

Coral Live 2018 Jamie Buchanan Dunlop

Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop

Executive Director, Encounter Edu

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