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American Museum of Natural History Expedition Online
Co-collaborator and chief backer of this expedition, the American Museum has a beautifully illustrated, highly interactive Web site that puts this mission into context for the general reader.

University of Washington "REVEL Project"
Co-collaborator of this expedition with the American Museum. The university's REVEL Web site focuses on the experiences had during both the 1997 and 1998 cruises by the science teachers REVEL sponsors.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
This site features information on the scientific research and educational projects being conducted at Woods Hole. Check out the animation and video gallery to see the submersible Alvin in motion.

Learn about the technology behind the underwater remotely operated vehicle ROPOS, which will be used on this expedition.

NOAA Vents Program
Read about how scientists are investigating active volcanic eruptions on the seafloor and developing ways to map the regions in which these eruptions occur.

RIDGE Program Homepage
The scientists working with the Ridge program at Oregon State University seek to understand the geophysical, geochemical, and geobiological causes and consequences of the energy transfer within the global rift system through time. Their site includes a bibliography and descriptions of their research projects.

Web site of IFREMER, the French oceanographic institution. The organization focuses on all aspects of oceanography, from geology to biology, as well as maintenance and design of research vessels like the submersible Nautile. The introductory page offers links to other oceanographic servers.

Shirshov Institute
The Shirshov Institute of Oceanology's mission is to investigate the theoretical problems of oceanology. The site contains an extensive image database, including photographs of hydrothermal fields, as well as detailed information on the submersibles MIR-1 and MIR-2.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Part of the University of California at San Diego, Scripps offers a graduate program leading to doctorates in oceanography. Some of their research focuses on global warming and long-term climate change. The site includes information about careers in oceanography as well as access to the photo archives and the SIO library.

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution
Harbor Branch is a marine research laboratory in Florida focusing on the oceans, local coastlines, and estuaries. Check out the search tool to find information on sea life as well as research vessels like the Johnson Sea-Link.

Life without Light: Discoveries from the Abyss
An article about the many types of organisms that live around hydrothermal vents and how they thrive in a seemingly inhospitable environment.

The Hot Water Vent
A teacher's guide to activities that teach children the scientific concepts behind hydrothermal vents.

Fisher Deep Sea Laboratory
Homepage of Professor Chuck Fisher, a scientist at Penn State University who is studying the biology and ecology of hydrothermal vents. Follow the web tour of ongoing research at the cold seeps in the Gulf of Mexico.

Deep Atlantic: Life, Death, and Exploration in the Abyss
by Richard Ellis
Alfred A. Knopf, 1996
Striking, "I-can't-believe-it's-real" drawings of deep-sea creatures (see Deep-Sea Bestiary) illustrate this thoroughly researched look at life in the Atlantic abyss.

The Universe Below
by William J. Broad
Simon & Schuster, 1997
A highly readable narrative of the latest in deep-sea research, including a chapter on John Delaney, by the award-winning New York Times reporter.

Deep Sea Biology: A Natural History of Organisms at the Deep Sea Floor
by John D. Gage and Paul A. Tyler
Cambridge University Press, 1991
The final scientific word on tubeworms and other vent fauna.

The Octopus's Garden: Hydrothermal Vents and Other Mysteries of the Deep Sea
by Cindy Lee Van Dover
Addison-Wesley, 1996
A lyrical and deeply personal account by an associate professor of oceanography at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks who was the first woman to pilot the submersible Alvin.

Creeps from the Deep: Life in the Deep Sea
Norbert Wu (Photographer), Leighton R. Taylor
Chronicle Books, 1997
Stunning photographs by one of the world's premiere marine photographers (see Deep-Sea Bestiary).

Exploring the Deep Frontier: The Adventure of Man in the Sea
by Sylvia A. Earle and Al Giddings
National Geographic Society, 1980
A somewhat dated but lavishly illustrated coffee-table book by the doyenne of oceanographic research.

The Mid-Oceanic Ridges: Mountains Below Sea Level
by Adolphe Nicolas
Springer-Verlag, 1995
A well-illustrated, textbook-style examination of the mid-ocean ridges, designed for students, scientists, and interested laypeople.

Get Real
REVEL (Research and Education: Volcanoes, Exploration and Life) is a research and education program launched in 1996 at the School of Oceanography, University of Washington (UW). The project encourages collaboration between scientists and science teachers to help pass along to students the excitement of scientific inquiry. To this end, REVEL uses UW's expertise and research projects on deep submergence and mid-ocean-ridge processes as tools to expose science teachers (7th to 12th grade) to seagoing experiences and hands-on research activities. In collaboration with scientists from UW and Pennsylvania State University, the teachers utilize their seagoing experiences and new insights on a little-known marine environment to introduce the scientific process of oceanography to their students. For more information on the REVEL Project, check out the Web site or contact Veronique Robigou at or (206) 543-9282.

Special Thanks
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Istvan Urcuyo, Pennsylvania State University
Richard Ellis, New York
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