Northwest Passage

In this activity, students use Google Earth and information from several websites to investigate some of the consequences of climate change in polar regions, including the shrinking of the ice cap at the North Pole, disintegration of ice shelves, melting of Greenland, opening of shipping routes, effects on polar bears, and possible secondary effects on climate in other regions due to changes in ocean currents. Students learn to use satellite and aerial imagery, maps, graphs, and statistics to interpret trends accompanying changes in the Earth system.

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Glenn A. Richard
Mineral Physics Institute Stony Brook University
SERC On The Cutting Edge Collection
Activity takes about 80 minutes or multiple class periods with lots of room for variations. Computers with Internet access necessary.

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All links and information is available from the activity sheet.

Instruction sheet and handouts are provided.

Make sure you have enough computers and bandwidth to handle the data access.

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