Climate History and the Cryosphere

This teaching activity is an introduction to how ice cores from the cryosphere are used as indicators and record-keepers of climate change as well as how climate change will affect the cryosphere. Students learn through a guided web exercise how scientists analyze ice cores to learn about past climate conditions, how melting sea and land ice will contribute to sea level rise, and what areas of the world would be at risk if Antarctic and/or Greenland ice sheets were to melt away.

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Erin Barder
TERC

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Classroom discussion and collaboration among students will help implement the detailed activity.

The graph of CO2 and temperature from ice-cores could be used as a discussion point or a think-pair-share opportunity.

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