CLIMATE

EXPECTATIONS -- Before we start this unit you should:

LEARNING GOALS: At the conclusion of this unit, students will be able to:

PART 1 -- Weather

  1. Explain that Earth is warmer near the equator and cooler near the poles due to the uneven heating of Earth by the Sun.

  2. Explain how weather is caused by the unequal heating of the Earth's surface:

A) Hot air rises, Cool air falls

B) Rising air results in low pressure, falling air results in high pressure

C) Highest pressure is found in cold/dry areas (POLES!), Lowest pressure is found in moist warm areas (HURRICANES!)

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PART 2 -- Climate

  1. Describe the different forms taken by carbon and the reservoirs where they are found

  2. Give examples of carbon found on Earth (for example: carbonate rocks such as limestone, in coal and oil, in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide gas, and in the tissues of all living organisms)

  3. Explain how human use of natural resources stress natural processes and link that use to a possible long term consequence.

  4. Describe factors that change climates over long periods of time and cite methods that scientists have found to gather information on
    ancient climates.

GRADED ASSIGNMENTS/ASSESSMENTS:

  1. CSR - Climate
  2. Project - Carbon Cycle Analysis
  3. Lab -- Measuring Dissolved O2 Concentrations in Seawater
  4. Test
DOCUMENTS:
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VOCABULARY:
Climate
Axis
Global
Carbon
Reservoir
Acidification
Flux
IPCC
   
VIDEOS: Misconception alert - Why the Earth is warmer in the summer

STUDY GUIDES & ADDITIONAL PRACTICE:

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