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Exploration Into the Alien Deep

Educational Resources Created from the Alien Deep Series

National Geographic Channel’s Alien Deep is a five-part series that gives viewers an inside look at modern ocean exploration and recent discoveries. Viewers embark on expeditions with Dr. Robert Ballard as he explores geological secrets hidden in the depths of the ocean. Watch Ballard scour the seafloor of the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea in search of shipwrecks that offer insight into the lives of ancient mariners.

These short videos and their supporting materials have been made specifically for educational use from clips from the Alien Deep series and never-before-seen film from Ballard's recent expeditions. Featuring topics like rogue waves and hydrothermal vents, this exciting footage engages learners with a wide variety of science and geography topics.

Technology and Innovation

Ocean Exploration: Technology

Ocean Exploration: Technology

What’s out there? What’s down there? Modern tools and technologies are providing oceanographers and astronomers new opportunities to explore the depths of the ocean and the expanse of space.

Ocean Circulation and the Butterfly Effect

Ocean Circulation and the Butterfly Effect

Explore how the smallest swimming organisms may play an important role in ocean mixing.

Ocean Currents and Climate

Ocean Currents and Climate

Scientists across the globe are trying to figure out why the ocean is becoming more violent and what, if anything, can be done about it.

Plankton Revealed

Plankton Revealed

See how a young boy's fascination with microorganisms led to a man's successful profession investigating plankton's role in ocean health.

Waves

Learn how climate change is affecting the surface of the ocean.

Geology

Learn about deep-sea geology and explore Mauna Kea, the world's tallest mountain.

This material is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-1114251. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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Alien Deep Series

Alien Deep Series

Check out Alien Deep photos and video clips from the National Geographic Channel.


Get the DVD

Alien Deep

Alien Deep

Learn more about the Alien Deep expeditions by purchasing the complete series on DVD.


Alien Deep Interactive

Explore the Floors of Our Ocean Planet

Explore the Floors of Our Ocean Planet

Take a voyage via submersible across our planet's largely unexplored ocean floors. Investigate the many mysteries of the sea, including underwater volcanoes and centuries-old shipwrecks.


Meet the Experts

Dr. Robert Ballard

Dr. Robert Ballard

Dr. Robert Ballard is an ocean explorer who has discovered shipwrecks (the Titanic!) and explored the weird world of hydrothermal vents.

Dr. Kakani Katija

Dr. Kakani Katija

Dr. Kakani Katija is a bioengineer and National Geographic Emerging Explorer.


Ocean Exploration

Did you know that 98% of the ocean remains unexplored?


More Than Just Hot Water

Exploring the Edge of Existence

Exploring the Edge of Existence

Robert Ballard talks about his discovery of deep-sea hydrothermal vents.

Oceans: Hydrothermal Vents

Oceans: Hydrothermal Vents

One of the strangest ecosystems on Earth lies deep under the ocean.


More About the Ocean

Ocean Education

Ocean Education

Explore the ocean with illustrations, photographs, and videos.

Marine Communities

Marine Communities

Use these illustrations with students in Grades 9-12 to explore various marine ecosystems.