Mini Lesson/Activity

Scale, Proportion, and Quantity: Ice Flow Model (Student Activity)

Student Directions

The Earth's system is characterized by the interaction of processes that take place on molecular (very small) and planetary (very large) spatial scales, as well as on short and long time scales. Scientific visualizations allow us to experience Earth processes at faster speeds, and on manageable smaller scales, facilitating data analysis and enhancing understanding.

Explore the visualizations below to see the new benchmark map scientists can use to study the extent and speed of changes to the largest ice sheet in the world.

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Credit: NASA Scientific Visualization Studio, Goddard Space Flight Center and Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Exit Ticket Question

How do visualizations (which show phenomena on a different time scale) help scientists understand what is happening?

Teacher Note

Teachers, these mini lessons/student activities are perfect "warm up" tasks that can be used as a hook, bellringer, exit slip, etc.

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