Mini Lesson/Activity

Earth's Heating Imbalances - Student Activity

Mini Lesson

Locate the degrees latitude on the map.  Find their corresponding values on the graph.
 

Heating Imbalances Student Activity Map

 

  1. Analyze the graph below.  Describe the energy received at the Equator.  How does it change over the year?  What do the blue lines (23.5 degrees N, 45 degrees N, 60 degrees N) represent? What do the green lines (23.5 degrees S, 45 degrees S, 60 degrees S) represent?Heating Imbalances Student Activity Graph
  2. Describe the shading of the green (23.5 degrees S, 45 degrees S, 60 degrees S) and blue lines (23.5 degrees N, 45 degrees N, 60 degrees N) and their values.  
  3. Describe the relationship among the blue and green lines and the cause of these values/patterns. 

Teacher Note

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