Students observe the surface temperatures of a variety of surface types found in a suburban environment.
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The world's ocean is heated at the surface by the sun, and this heating is uneven for many reasons. Earth's rotation, revolution around the sun, and tilt all play a role, as do the wind-driven ocean surface currents.This animation shows the long-term average sea surface temperature, with red and yellow depicting warmer waters and blue depicting colder waters.
Arctic sea ice is the cap of frozen seawater blanketing most of the Arctic Ocean and neighboring seas in wintertime. It follows seasonal patterns of thickening and melting. See how the quantity has changed from 1979 through 2018.
Visit NASA's Space Place to learn about volcanoes and answer questions about volcanic eruptions.
Students will explore albedo, sea ice and the relationship between changing albedo and changing sea ice.