Carbon Travels

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI); Earth Science Week (ESW); National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Summary:We find carbon everywhere on Earth ─ in trees, rocks, fossil fuels, oceans, and even you! Carbon doesn’t stay in one place, through. Scientists study how carbon moves from one place to another. This is the carbon cycle. The Industrial Revolution, starting in the 1700s, saw a move to large-scale manufacturing and the use of new technologies, such as steam power and electricity. This led to a huge increase in burning of carbon-rich fossil fuels, releasing into the atmosphere carbon (in the form of carbon dioxide) that had been buried underground for millions of years. How did these human actions affect the carbon cycle?
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 7; Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.A; ESS3.C; ESS3.D
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; activities; atmosphere; carbon; carbon dioxide; climate change; earth; earth science week; energy resources; geology; high school; middle school; nasa; natural resources; oil and gas; rocks
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