Melting Ice Rising Seas

This NASA video presents animations, photos and footage of melting polar ice as a result of climate change, the resulting sea-level rise, and selected consequences of that rise. Excellent animations, interviews with scientists, and clear step-by-step explanations provide a solid introduction to one facet of sea level rise and its consequences.

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Great visualizations accompany this video to aid educators wanting to cover the issue of sea level rise.

This video could be used as an opportunity to discuss possible misconceptions related to the difference between melting land ice, which directly impacts sea level, and sea ice, which doesn't directly add more water to the ocean but, when it is melted, changes the albedo in the region, thereby influencing sea level by absorbing rather than reflecting solar energy.

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