Changing Planet: The Case of the Leaky Gyre

In this activity, students model circulation in gyres, explore characteristics of gyres found around the world, and predict the climate impacts of changes to the circulation in these gyres and climate on adjacent land. Gyres, large systems of rotating ocean currents, play an important role in Earth's climate system.

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Missy Holzer
Windows to the Universe
Activity takes two to three 45-minute lesson periods. Additional materials required.

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Well-designed activity that has all pieces ready to use.

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