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Animation About the Greenhouse Effect
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This is a basic animation/simulation with background information about the greenhouse effect by DAMOCLES. The animation has several layers to it that allow users to drill into more detail about the natural greenhouse effect and different aspects of it, including volcanic aerosols and human impacts from burning fossil fuels.

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Atmospheric Science
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Glaciers
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Adjust mountain snowfall and temperature to see the glacier grow and shrink. Use scientific tools to measure thickness, velocity, friction, and glacial budget.

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Education
Mathematics
Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
Physics
Anthropology
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
University of Colorado Boulder
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
NGSS Aligned PhET Interactive Simulations
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Adams, Wendy
Anderson, Bob
Andrea Blair
Archie Paulson
Blair, Andrea
Bob Anderson
Chris Malley
Dylan Ward
Excellence Center of Science and Mathematics Education at King Saud University
Kathy Perkins
Malley, Chris
National Science Foundation
O'Donnell Foundation
Paulson, Archie
Perkins, Kathy
PhET
PhET Interactive Simulations
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Ward, Dylan
Wendy Adams
Clean Coal?
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This video and accompanying essay examine carbon capture and storage and clean-coal technology, providing statistics for overall annual U.S. consumption as well as average household usage. Turning solid coal into a clean-burning fuel gas (syngas) and capture and storage pros and cons are discussed.

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Atmospheric Science
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Energy Sources
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This video provides an introduction to benefits and limitations of many sources of energy including fossil fuels, nuclear, hydro, wind, solar, geothermal and biomass. It also discusses hydrogen and hybrid cars.

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Atmospheric Science
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12 Steps to a Sustainable High School
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This activity includes an assessment, analysis, and action tool that can be used by classrooms to promote understanding of how the complex current issues of energy, pollution, supply and consumption are not just global but also local issues.

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Atmospheric Science
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2050
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This interactive addresses the question if we can reduce CO2 emissions by 20% of 1990 levels and help avoid dangerous climate change? Users of this interactive can manipulate changes to various sources and uses (supply and demand) of energy with the goal of reducing C02 emissions in Great Britain by 80% in the year 2050.

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Atmospheric Science
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Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK
Climate and Weather
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This video discusses the differences between climate and weather by defining and presenting examples of each. When presenting examples of weather, the video focuses on severe events and how meteorologists predict and study the weather using measurement, satellites, and radar. The climate focus is primarily on an overview of climate zones.

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Atmospheric Science
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Climate Change and Citizen Science
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This animation describes how citizen observations can document the impact of climate change on plants and animals. It introduces the topic of phenology and data collection, the impact of climate change on phenology, and how individuals can become citizen scientists.

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Biology
Atmospheric Science
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Simulation
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Modeling Early Earth Climate with GEEBITT
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In this activity, students gain experience using a spreadsheet and working with others to decide how to conduct their model 'experiments' with the NASA GEEBITT (Global Equilibrium Energy Balance Interactive Tinker Toy). While becoming more familiar with the physical processes that made the early Earth climate so different from that of today, they also acquire first-hand experience with a limitation in modeling, specifically, parameterization of critical processes.

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Atmospheric Science
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Cindy Shellito
Stacking up the Atmosphere
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In this hands-on activity, participants learn the characteristics of the five layers of the atmosphere and make illustrations to represent them. They roll the drawings and place them in clear plastic cylinders, and then stack the cylinders to make a model column of the atmosphere.

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Atmospheric Science
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Betsy Youngman
Jean Pennycook
Louise Huffman
LuAnn Dahlman
Power Source
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In this short activity, students or groups are tasked to make concept sketches that track the source of electrical power as far back as they can conceive. The concept sketches reveal students' prior conceptions of the power grid and energy mix, and lead naturally into a lesson or discussion about energy resources and power production.

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Atmospheric Science
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Steven Semken
Sepup Seasons Interactive
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An interactive that illustrates the relationships between the axial tilt of the Earth, latitude, and temperature. Several data sets (including temperature, Sun-Earth distance, daylight hours) can be collected using this interactive.

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Regents of the University of California
Sepup
Stressed Out!?۬
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In this activity students research various topics about ocean health, e.g. overfishing, habitat destruction, invasive species, climate change, pollution and ocean acidification. An optional extension activity has them creating an aquatic biosphere in a bottle experiment in which they can manipulate variable.

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Biology
Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
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Mel Goodwin
Energy 101: Solar Photovoltaic (PV)
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This video, from the US Department of Energy, shows the basics of how a PV panel converts light radiated from the sun into usable power, whether on the electric grid or off, and without emissions or the use of fossil fuels.

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Atmospheric Science
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Vostok Ice Core: Excel (Mac or PC)
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This activity with a lab report instructs students to solve and plot 160,000 years' worth of ice core data from the Vostok ice core using Excel or similar spreadsheets to analyze data. Students learn about ice cores and what they can tell us about past atmospheric conditions and the past atmospheric concentrations of CO2 and CH4.

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Atmospheric Science
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Activity/Lab
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Stephanie Pfirman
Mass Balance Model With a Leaky Bucket
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In this JAVA based online interactive modeling activity, students are introduced to the concept of mass balance, flow rates, and equilibrium using a simple water bucket model. Students can vary flow rate into the bucket, initial water level in the bucket, and residence time of water in the bucket. After running the model, the bucket's water level as a function of time is presented graphically and in tabular form. On this Starting Point page, users can access information about the exercise's learning goals, context for use, teaching notes and tips, teaching materials, assessment ideas, references and topics covered.

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Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physics
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
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Activity and Starting Point page by R.M. MacKay. Clark College, Physics and Meteorology.
Robert MacKay
Science Education Resource Center, Starting Point Collection
Take Aim At Climate Change
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This music video features a rap song about some of the causes and effects of climate change with the goal of increasing awareness of climate change and how it will impact nature and humans. The website also includes links to short fact sheets with lyrics to the song that are annotated with the sources of the information in the lyrics.

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Atmospheric Science
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Lecture
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Absorption by Atmospheric Gases of Incoming and Outgoing Radiation
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In this activity, students are split into groups to examine a specific band of the electromagnetic spectrum and the absorption spectra of seven atmospheric gases in that wavelength range. Using a jigsaw approach, the students regroup to have an expert on each band to examine the full spectrum, identify and rank greenhouse gases, and estimate Earth's temperature from satellite data.

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Atmospheric Science
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Activity/Lab
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Author:
Sara Harris
Milankovitch Cycles Climate Applet
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An applet about the Milankovitch cycle that relates temperature over the last 400,000 years to changes in the eccentricity, precession, and orbital tilt of Earth's orbit.

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Author:
Tom Whittaker
University of Wisconsin
Mauna Loa CO2 Collection Data
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Students examine data from Mauna Loa to learn about CO2 in the atmosphere. The students also examine how atmospheric CO2 changes through the seasonal cycle, by location on Earth, and over about 40 years and more specifically over 15 years. Students graph data in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere and draw conclusions about hemispherical differences in CO2 release and uptake.

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Atmospheric Science
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Blooming Thermometers
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In this lesson, students develop an understanding of the relationship between natural phenomena, weather, and climate change: the study known as phenology. In addition, they learn how cultural events are tied to the timing of seasonal events. Students brainstorm annual natural phenomena that are tied to seasonal weather changes. Next, they receive information regarding the Japanese springtime festival of Hanami, celebrating the appearance of cherry blossoms. Students plot and interpret average bloom date data from over the past 1100 years.

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Biology
Atmospheric Science
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Activity/Lab
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Lisa Gardiner
Seasons and Ecliptic Simulator
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An interactive simulation of Earth's seasonal dynamics that includes the axial tilt and other aspects of Earth's annual cycle. This is part of a larger lab from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln: http://astro.unl.edu/naap/motion1/motion1.html

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Atmospheric Science
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The Ecology of Climate Change
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This video focuses on the conifer forest in Alaska to explore the carbon cycle and how the forest responds to rising atmospheric carbon dioxide. Topics addressed in the video include wildfires, reflectivity, and the role of permafrost in the global carbon cycle.

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Ecology
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Lecture
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Energy 101: Algae-to-fuels
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This video is from the Energy 101 video series. It explains the process for converting micro-algae into fuel and makes the case that algae-based biofuels hold enormous potential for helping reduce our dependence on imported oil.

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Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Physics
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Lecture
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Author:
Erin R. Pierce
U.S. Department of Energy
Climate Change and Disease
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In this activity, students research the relationship between hosts, parasites, and vectors for common vector-borne diseases (VBDs) and evaluate how climate change could affect the spread of disease.

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Atmospheric Science
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The Lifestyle Project
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This multi-week project begins with a measurement of baseline consumptive behavior followed by three weeks of working to reduce the use of water, energy, high-impact foods, and other materials. The assignment uses an Excel spreadsheet that calculates direct energy and water use as well as indirect CO2 and water use associated with food consumption. After completing the project, students understand that they do indeed play a role in the big picture. They also learn that making small changes to their lifestyles is not difficult and they can easily reduce their personal impact on the environment.

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Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Physics
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Activity/Lab
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
John J. Thomas
Karin Kirk
Karin Kirk, Montana State University/SERC and John J. Thomas, Skidmore College
SERC - Starting Point Collection
NOVA: Climate Change
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This video segment describes climate data collection from Greenland ice cores that indicate the Earth's climate can change abruptly over a single decade rather than over thousands of years. The narrator describes how Earth has undergone dramatic climate shifts in relatively short spans of time prior to 8000 years ago. The video and accompanying essay provide explanations of the differences between weather and climate and how the climate itself had been unstable in the past, with wide variations in temperature occurring over decadal timescales.

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Atmospheric Science
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Saved by the Sun
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This activity features video segments from a 2007 PBS program on solar energy. Students follow a seven-step invention process to design, build, and test a solar cooker that will pasteurize water. In addition, they are asked to describe how transmission, absorption, and reflection are used in a solar cooker to heat water and to evaluate what variables contribute to a successful cooker.

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Atmospheric Science
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Activity/Lab
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Author:
Jeff Lockwood
Vostok Ice Core Excel Activity
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With this exercise, students use Excel to graph and analyze Vostok ice core data (160,000 years of Ice core data from Vostok Station). Data includes ice age, ice depth, carbon dioxide, methane, dust, and deuterium isotope relative abundance (dD). Students learn about ice cores and what they can tell us about past atmospheric conditions, learn about past atmospheric concentrations of CO2 and CH4 and about the climate and ice age cycle for the past 160,000 years. This is a complete activity that requires a working knowledge of Excel (see teaching notes and tips). This activity can be used as a homework assignment or lab activity in an introductory geoscience course with climate change content. The Vostok ice core data may also be used to make graphs for interactive lecture or other graphical analysis activities. This site also contains teaching notes and tips, teaching materials, assessment idea and additional resources on the Vostok ice core and world climates. This activity is part of the Starting Point Collection: http://serc.carleton.edu/introgeo/

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Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Chemistry
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
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Professor Stephanie Pfirman, Barnard College. Based on data of J. Chapellaz, Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Geophysique de l'Environment, Grenoble. Archived at: Lamont-Dohert Earth Observatory (more info) . Starting Point page organized by R.M. MacKay.
Starting Point Collection, Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Stephanie Pfirman
Sea Level Rise
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In this activity, students will learn the difference between sea ice and glaciers in relation to sea level rise. They will create and explore topographic maps as a means of studying sea level rise and how it will affect Alaska's coastline.

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Atmospheric Science
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Near-Ground Level Ozone Pollution
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This lab exercise is designed to provide a basic understanding of a real-world scientific investigation. Learners are introduced to the concept of tropospheric ozone as an air pollutant due to human activities and burning of fossil fuel energy. The activity uses, analyzes, and visualizes data to investigate this air pollution and climate change problem, determines the season in which it commonly occurs, and communicates the analysis to others in a standard scientific format.

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Atmospheric Science
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Activity/Lab
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Omowumi Alabi
The Greenhouse Effect
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This interactive contains four animated slides that introduce the greenhouse effect. An additional animation offers to 'explore more'.

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Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Simulation
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National Geographic
Paleoclimate Reconstruction Lab
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In this activity, students reconstruct past climates using lake varves as a proxy to interpret long-term climate patterns and to understand annual sediment deposition and how it relates to weather and climate patterns.

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Environmental Literacy and Inquiry Working Group at Lehigh University
Climate Change Wildlife and Wildlands
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This video focuses on the science of climate change and its impacts on wildlife on land and in the sea, and their habitats in the U.S. There are short sections on walruses, coral reefs, migrating birds and their breeding grounds, freshwater fish, bees, etc. Video concludes with some discussion about solutions, including reduce/recyle/reuse, energy conservation, backyard habitats, citizen scientists.

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Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Lecture
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Global Change Research Program
Sediments and the Global Carbon Cycle
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A series of activities designed to introduce students to the role of sediments and sedimentary rocks in the global carbon cycle and the use of stable carbon isotopes to reconstruct ancient sedimentary environments. Students will make some simple calculations, think about the implications of their results, and see an optional demonstration of the density separation of a sediment sample into a light, organic and a heavier mineral fraction.

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Atmospheric Science
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Activity/Lab
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Elana Leithold
Climate Wisconsin: Stories From a State of Change
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This video provides background information and teaching tips about the history and relevance of phenology and seasonal observations of plants and animals within the context of rural Wisconsin.

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Biology
Atmospheric Science
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Understanding Albedo
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This activity teaches students about the albedo of surfaces and how it relates to the ice-albedo feedback effect. During an experiment, students observe the albedo of two different colored surfaces by measuring the temperature change of a white and black surface under a lamp.

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Atmospheric Science
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Glacier Melt
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This short video shows an example of melting alpine glaciers in the Austrian Alps (Goldberg Glacier). Disappearing alpine glaciers have social and environmental impacts, including the decline of fresh water supplies and contributing to sea level rise.

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Atmospheric Science
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Lecture
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