Geol credit | geol 1345 | Houston Community College


Purpose: Learning facts and events doesn’t make us understand a topic. It’s best when we can use the information or even witness others creating new knowledge for the field. This is your goal for the assignment. Witness a small piece of modern real-time ocean exploration and assess how it connects to the material you have been exposed to in this introductory class.

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Activity: Watch a few hours of live ocean exploration with the scientists and ROVs of NautilusLive between Nov 15 and Dec 6 (Links to an external site.) .   Pay attention to the dive announcements. Dives are impacted by weather, rough seas, or equipment malfunction. Updates are listed at the top of (Links to an external site.) . You can also check tweets (Links to an external site.) (you don’t need a Twitter account to access this page)

During the dive you will hear many voices. You can look below the video box on (Links to an external site.) to see who is currently on duty and their role during the excursion. There is usually a science lead, some data loggers, communications fellow, and additional scientists. You will hear voices of the ROV crew (pilots) and the video crew. Also, scientists from all over the world call-in during the expedition to share knowledge and comment on what is happening. It’s an amazing instance of scientific collaboration! Listen to their descriptions, listen to their curiosity, listen to their discussion of significance, listen to the coordination and negotiating they have when there are “roadblocks” in the process. Science doesn’t work when you fight with each other or step on each other’s feet.

Task:  You can watch from any internet enabled device as long as you know how to take screenshots from it. Take note of the date & time you watched the dive, the location of the dive, the starting depth (or at least the depth of the time you were watching). What does the science team describe as the goal or purpose of that dive?

Take a few screenshots of whatever fascinates you during the dive. You should have minimum 2 “geologic” image and 2 “biologic” images that you want to discuss. Take more than a few screenshots to then choose from for your assignment. Write down some notes about the critter/rock/scene/ object in the view. Depth (you can find that below the video on the website). Apply concepts from any of our Oceanography chapters and any marine biology knowledge you have.  Is the animal/rock/landscape expected or unexpected by the scientists? Do they sound surprised/excited? What is the significance or meaning of the critter/rock/scene/object? Be sure to note what marine province they are in (seamount? continental shelf? submarine canyon? etc)

What to submit: Your submission should include minimum 4 images and accompanying descriptive paragraphs that include the information indicated above including dive location, date, time you watched, depth, what is picture of? Why is it significant/interesting? How does this relate to something you have learned in class?

For this Extra Credit assignment, please put your photos and type your descriptions into a document file and upload the file. (.doc, .docx, .pdf)