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Get ready to do a virtual shift, a fun way to use computer software to look at the same cloud from below and above. But first, let's review some common cloud classifications. Clouds are given Latin names corresponding to their appearance and height. Meteorologists further differentiate clouds...
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Founded in 1919, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) is the nation’s premier scientific and professional organization promoting and disseminating information about the atmospheric, oceanic, and hydrologic sciences. Our more than 13,000 members include researchers, educators, students,...
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Climate change is a major global issue of our time. Understanding the essential principles of climate science will enable students to better assess information and to contribute to what will be ongoing climate discussions as informed citizens. Students observe and contrast thermal properties of...
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OZONE is a success story about how people around the globe are cooperating to solve a serious environmental problem. Ozone gas in the upper atmosphere shields our planet from ultraviolet light that is thought to cause skin cancer and cataracts in humans, and that may be harmful to a wide variety of...
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"The names of these different images refer to what part of the electromagnetic spectrum the satellite sensors are sampling. It turns out that the atmosphere is transparent to different types of radiation in certain areas of the spectrum. These areas are called atmospheric windows or channels....
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Below are instructions for making a simple paper model of the magnetosphere, out of a single sheet of paper. The black and white image can be copied in an ordinary xerox machine and may be colored by you or by students in whichever way is preferred. However, if you have a color printer, especially...
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Heat islands result when people alter their surroundings, substituting man-made asphalt roads, tar roofs, and other features for vegetation. Trees and other plants provide shade and cool the air through evapotranspiration. Hard, dark surfaces like pavement store heat during the day. That heat is...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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This is a list of key ideas related to Weather and Climate II: Seasonal Differences. For each key idea, you will find a list of sub-ideas, a list of items, results from our field testing, and a list of student misconceptions. Key ideas include: sun height (in the sky) during the year, temperature...
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Earth-Now is a hub for recent climate data gathered from Earth satellites. The data sets are visual color scales that cover a 3-D model of Earth, and students can rotate the model and zoom in or out. A color-coded legend shows the relative weakness or strengths of the data sets, which include...
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"You are familiar with how sweating cools your skin. You probably know that evaporating water causes the cooling effect. You probably have also observed that a moving air increases the cooling effect. In this activity, you will build an """"""""air conditioner"""""""" that just uses water and a...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Published in 2008
This Nature lesson will help students to evaluate how the interactions of air, moisture, wind, and topography combine to create the extreme environment found in Death Valley, California.
Grade Level   8 9 10
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This Globe contrail guide is in Spanish. View images and descriptions of contrails and their formation.
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Through a simple interactive online model, students learn about the relationship between carbon dioxide emissions, carbon dioxide buildup in the atmosphere, and average global temperature. The simulation predicts changes throughout the 21st century based on the level of carbon dioxide emissions...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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"The Earth Science Literacy Initiative (ESLI), funded by the National Science Foundation, has gathered and codified the underlying understandings of Earth Sciences into a succinct document that will have broad-reaching applications in both public and private arenas. It establishes the """"""""Big...
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Every satellite image tells a story. And satellite images are everywhere, on the Internet, the evening news, and even in some newspapers. The ability to interpret weather information from satellite images enables people to make informed decisions about their day. By looking at a series of images and...
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Published in 2014
The Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU) would like to introduce its peer-reviewed English language open access e-journal Progress in Earth and Planetary Science (PEPS), which has been published by Springer since April 2014. PEPS prints original research articles and high quality review articles covering...
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In this activity, you will explore local rocks for signs of the Rock Cycle, the sequence of making and breaking down rocks.
Grade Level   5 6
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The greenhouse effect is the name scientists use to describe how heat accumulates in Earth's atmosphere. A majority of the energy from the Sun arrives at Earth as visible radiation. This energy passes through our atmosphere and warms Earth's surface. The warmed surface re-emits invisible infrared...
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Sunlight is constantly falling on Earth. At the same time, Earth is losing energy to the cold emptiness of outer space. In this activity, you will use a computer model to explore what happens to the Sun's energy when it strikes Earth.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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