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ERIC Number: EJ758483
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
They're M-e-e-elting!: An Investigation of Glacial Retreat in Antarctica
Bugg, Samuel R., IV; Constible, Juanita; Kaput, Marianne; Lee, Richard E., Jr.
Science Scope, v30 n5 p42-48 Jan 2007
In this article, the authors describe the mechanics of They're M-e-e-elting!, an activity wherein middle school students can simulate glacial retreat in Antarctica. They're M-e-e-elting! allows students to melt glaciers, change the water level and salinity of the Southern Ocean, and examine alterations to the Antarctic food web--all without leaving the classroom. This investigation allows students to understand why a change of a few degrees in air temperature could cause glaciers to melt and could cause a global rise in sea level. This activity also allows students to realize how climate change can have important consequences for the entire food webs. (Contains 5 figures and 4 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Antarctica