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Global Phytoplankton Distribution Story Map


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  • Students will analyze and compare multiple variables of the Earth System as they analyze the global distribution of phytoplankton. 
  • Students will observe annual patterns in chlorophyll concentration and shortwave radiation. 
  • Students will construct explanations and conclusions using evidence. 
  1. What conditions within the Earth System allow phytoplankton to thrive?
  2. How do changes in shortwave radiation affect the distribution of phytoplankton?
  3. What affect do sea surface temperature and ocean currents have on distribution of phytoplankton?
  4. How does chlorophyll concentration indicate the presence of phytoplankton?
  5. How do phytoplankton contribute to the carbon cycle?
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