To my readers and future readers,
Exactly one week ago, I was in my classroom with my students. Everything was running as normal even as major sporting events, tournaments, and events were canceled around the United States. That Monday, March 9th, I had discussed the SARS-CoV-2 virus with my students and the inevitable severity of it. Vox did a phenomenal job highlighting the origin of the virus and how it spread so rapidly. At that time, nobody was taking it seriously (unfortunately, some still aren’t). Yet, here we are. This is absolutely a historical moment in the history of humanity. Yes, there have been pandemics that have killed more people, but the COVID-19 outbreak is nowhere near finished. And the sheer economic toll that is occurring could be extremely damaging to the livelihoods of many people. This event has affected virtually every single person in the world. This is a time for transition, adaptability, and collaboration. So, please, #stayhome and #flattenthecurve.
My district, of course, is closed, and may not open for the rest of the year. It pains me to even think that I won’t see my students again this year, but it what we must do. In the meantime, I will be posting daily updates on mrnoondi.com, something that is long overdue. I will be sharing my general thoughts and, most importantly, science and COVID-19 resources that you or your children can explore during these troubling times. For today, I will post the daily update that I give to my students on PowerSchool with a focus on Marine Biology and good news surrounding COVID-19.
“Make sure that you’re getting good rest and eating well. Hopefully, you’ve found some time to stay physically active, too. Here are your daily resources to enjoy. Hydrothermal vents are an amazing type of ecosystem found at the most extreme depths of the ocean. They are fissures in the ocean floor near volcanically active areas, so black or white smoke billows out from below. It allows for a very unique ecosystem to thrive. In COVID news, the shutdown of many societies has allowed nature to rebound very quickly.”
Deep-sea vent chemistry
Giant black smoker hydrothermal vent
How giant tube worms survive at hydrothermal vents
The deep-sea find that changed biology
Hydrothermal vents and global climate