A Scrapbook on 'Black Smokers'
Web resources for creating a Multimedia Scrapbook on Hydrothermal Vents

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Introduction | Instructions | Background Information | Current News
| Photos, maps, diagrams and animations | Audio & Video | Interactives


Back in the old days before 1994, students had to use textbooks, magazines, television and the library to collect information. These are still good things, but now you can also use the World Wide Web. Explore the Internet links on this page and look for good facts, quotations, examples, images, sound clips and video files. Imagine that you're an explorer in cyberspace and your job is to come back from a virtual journey with lots of artifacts and souvenirs to teach people back home what you learned! What's collected can then be pinned on a classroom bulletin board, pasted into an in-class newsletter, featured in a student-made slide show, or posted as a Web page.

The topic of hydrothermal vents or 'black smokers' as they are known, with their unique geology and ecology, is very well catered for on the Web. There is an abundance of photographs, diagrams, maps, movies and other resources to illustrate this unique environment.

Keep this question in mind as you work:

What's it all about? How do the links on this page describe what we're studying?


  1. Explore the Internet sites linked below. You're looking for facts, quotes, examples, images, sound clips, videos, and animations that you think are important aspects of the topic.

  2. When you find something you like, check its Web page for a copyright notice. Often, students are encouraged to copy things that will only be used in the classroom. Sometimes people don't want their work copied at all. A good practice is looking for an e-mail link on the page and then using it to ask permission.

  3. Copy any text you want by dragging across the words, then using the Edit - Copy command on the menubar. Paste what you highlighted into a basic text editor, word processor, desktop publishing program or multimedia program.

  4. Save images you like by downloading them. Paste the images you've downloaded into a multimedia, paint or desktop publishing program (like Powerpoint, FrontPage, Adobe Photoshop Elements or Appleworks for MAC OS X that will save files as PowerPoint presentations which can be opened in Windows PowerPoint.

    Sample Tutorials

    How to Make a Slide Show with PowerPoint

    PowerPoint 2000 Tutorial

    Appleworks 6 - a brief set of instructions for using Appleworks 6 includes Presentations on page 7 Appleworks Overview as .pdf

    Graphics tools are provided with digital cameras and scanners and may be all you need to make a slide show.

  5. Be prepared to cut anything that copyright owners tell you they don't want you to have.

  6. Once you have collected your information, go over it carefully so that you can give clear and thoughtful reasons why you found the things you collected especially important.

The Internet Resources

Background Information

Current News

Photos, maps, diagrams and animations

Audio & Video



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