Blue Holes Activity


Launch a Lander to Explore the Blue Holes...


Blue Holes, deep underwater caverns, are ecological ‘hot-spots’ that have elevated chlorophyll concentrations (from algae) and diverse biological communities.  Learn more about them in the video below or in Mote's magazine.


Mote Magazine Article on Blue Holes - Hope Spot's Hot Spots


Florida's Blue Holes: Oases in the Sea | Full Episode (26:42)



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Participants will learn about the engineering design process as they hypothesize, design, and test a prototype to be used in exploring
the ocean floor.



One area of research Mote is involved in is ocean technology. Technology can help tackle some of the biggest challenges the ocean faces because they can go beyond the scope of human hands, divers and observation. Some examples include remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), drones, detectors, buoys, trackers, autonomously operated vehicles (AUVs) etc. Some of the technology deployed has helped describe the physical conditions after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, detect harmful algal blooms at depth have been used to examine the chemistry and nutrient cycling between estuaries and the deep ocean.