In this experiment, learners work in teams to investigate how the color of a surface influences its ability to reflect light and therefore heat. The ratio of light reflected to that received is known as albedo. Learners record, graph, and analyze the temperature of a dark-colored surface and a light-colored surface under a heat lamp. Learners use this information to draw conclusions about global temperatures, specifically in Antarctica.
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