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In this activity, students will analyze graphical data to familiarize themselves with the Earth's changing magnetic field. They will discover that coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and other solar storms can buffet the Earth with clouds of charged particles and magnetic fields which will affect the large-scale properties of the Earth's magnetic field and can also be easily detected on the ground. During this activity students will become familiar with the Earth's changing magnetic field through a solar storm plotting activity, analyze graphical data to calculate the percent of change, and plot their information on a map of Canada to determine the areas that are the most susceptible to magnetic storms.
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