The Fraying Arctic Food Web

This clickable visualization demonstrates the catastrophic effect that follows the removal of a key producer or consumer in the Arctic food chain.

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Teaching Tips

Visualization could be used to demonstrate connection and cascading effects that climate change has within an Arctic ecosystem.

Educator should explain that this is a very simplified view of a very complex ecosystem.

After viewing the interactive, ask students to come up with their own food web/extinction scenario, using their local or regional ecosystem.

Can be used as an introductory piece to begin the discussion about the causes and effects of species extinction in an ecosystem.

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