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Description:

The Gulf of Maine Aquarium hosts this two-part activity. The focus is on seasonal changes in the mass balance of the Antarctic Ice Sheet. Part 1 uses an atlas and satellite imagery to examine the geography of the region and the changing boundaries of the ice sheet. Part 2 tracks annual changes in sea ice. There is an animation page showing changes in ice cover around Antarctica during 1991, and links to several other student activities: Coping with the Cold (Plan an expedition to Antarctica), Blubber Glove (Demonstrate how Antarctic animals stay warm in bone-chilling water), Salt Concentration (Demonstrate how cold-blooded animals survive subfreezing water temperatures without being shattered by ice crystals), Penguin Adaptation (Brainstorm ways in which penguins are well-adapted to cold water and icy environments), Chick Die-Off (Show how sea ice cover and penguin chick populations are related), and Creating Plankton (Design an ocean "wanderer").

Subjects:

  • Science > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10

Keywords:

Oceanography,NSDL,NSDL_SetSpec_dlese.org,Space sciences,Physical sciences,Social Sciences,Space Science,Biology,Climatology,Life Science,Astronomy,Cryology,Middle School,Physical geography,Science,Meteorology,Elementary School,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20061003225303168T,Chemistry,Physics,Ecology,Ecology, Forestry and Agriculture,High School,Physical oceanography,Earth science,Geoscience,Geography

Language:

English

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Public - Available to anyone

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