How Permanent is Permafrost?

In this activity, students use Google Earth and team up with fictional students in Chersky, Russia to investigate possible causes of thawing permafrost in Siberia and other Arctic regions. Students explore the nature of permafrost and what the effects of thawing permafrost mean both locally and globally. Next, students use a spreadsheet to explore soil temperature data from permafrost boreholes and surface air temperature datasets from in and around the Chersky region for a 50-year time span.

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Marian Grogan
et. al.
Earth Exploration Toolbook/TERC

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Moving the initial reading to after part 1 or 2 would be a more active way to engage students in the activity.

Good to pair students doing this investigation.

Pre-load Google Earth and associated files on computers.

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