In this experiment, students make a claim about the cause of ocean currents and then develop a model to explain the role of salinity and density in deep ocean currents. This lesson is modified from "Visit to an Ocean Planet" Caltech and NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
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Students model Earth's tectonic plate movement and explore the relationship between these movements and different types of volcanoes.
Learn about volcanic ash and watch a visualization of the Calbuco volcano to see how ash travels around the world.
Review the animation showing seasonal chlorophyll concentration as it relates to net radiation.
Students observe seasonal images of Monthly Normalized Difference Vegetation, looking for any changes in vegetation that are occurring throughout the year.
The radar measurements made by NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory are sensitive to whether land surfaces are frozen or thawed. Students analyze two maps of SMAP data to make inferences about changes to the Arctic's Geosphere showing spring thaw.
Students observe monthly images of changing vegetation patterns, looking for seasonal changes occurring throughout 2017.
The students will review the NASA Space Place video, "What are Tectonic Plates?", and answer questions about tectonic plates.
Visit NASA's Space Place to learn about volcanoes and answer questions about volcanic eruptions.