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  • Understanding Global Change

    Understanding Global Change

    Click & Learn

    This interactive tool allows students and educators to build models that explain how the Earth system works and how it is affected by human activities and nonhuman phenomena.

  • Can a Fungus Save Plants from Global Warming?

    Can a Fungus Save Plants from Global Warming?

    Animated Shorts

    (8 min 2 sec) It’s about time we put plants into the spotlight and focus on one of their most critical microbial partners: Fungi.

  • BiomeViewer

    BiomeViewer

    Click & Learn

    An interactive to explore biomes, climate, biodiversity, and human impacts across the globe.

  • EarthViewer

    EarthViewer

    Click & Learn

    Download the accompanying student worksheet under "Downloads." What did Earth look like 250 million years ago? Or 1 billion years ago? Or 4.5 billion years ago? EarthViewer is an interactive tool that allows you to explore the science of Earth's deep history.

  • Ocean Acidification

    Ocean Acidification

    Labs & Demos

    In this hands-on activity, students simulate the effects of decreasing pH caused by rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

  • Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

    Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

    Data Points

    This activity analyzes a figure showing the atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration from 1958 to 2016.

  • Resistance to Coral Bleaching

    Resistance to Coral Bleaching

    Data Points

    This activity analyzes a published scientific figure from a study that tested whether corals can become more resistant to bleaching.

  • Gorongosa's Water Cycle

    Gorongosa's Water Cycle

    Animations

    (2 min 15 sec) This animation illustrates the main stages of the water cycle in the setting of Gorongosa National Park.

  • Africa's Savanna Ecosystems

    Africa's Savanna Ecosystems

    Science Talks

    (24 min 56 sec) Savannas cover 20 percent of Earth’s surface and much of Africa. The patterns and processes that occur in this globally important biome illustrate core concepts in ecology.

  • Modeling Ecosystem Effects of Termite Mound Patterns

    Modeling Ecosystem Effects of Termite Mound Patterns

    Data Points

    Dr. Corina Tarnita and colleagues studied how a pattern of termite mounds across a dryland ecosystem enhances resilience against desertification.

  • Coral Reefs and Global Warming

    Coral Reefs and Global Warming

    Lessons

    This activity allows students to use authentic scientific data to make claims about the threat of coral bleaching for reefs around the world.

  • Steve Palumbi & Megan Morikawa Study Coral Reef Damage in American Samoa

    Steve Palumbi & Megan Morikawa Study Coral Reef Damage in American Samoa

    Scientists at Work

    (7 min 1 sec) This video describes the work of biologists Steve Palumbi and Megan Morikawa, who use field and controlled experiments to understand the mechanisms that allow some corals to tolerate a greater amount of heat stress than other corals.

  • Ocean Species Respond to Climate Change

    Ocean Species Respond to Climate Change

    Science Talks

    (29 min 39 sec) Coral reefs, how they are threatened by climate change, and how to protect them.

  • The Anthropocene: Human Impact on the Environment

    The Anthropocene: Human Impact on the Environment

    Click & Learn

    Explore key human impacts on the environment and how they have affected Earth’s landscape, ocean, atmosphere, and biodiversity with this engaging interactive. 

  • Liz Hadly Tracks the Impact of Climate Change in Yellowstone

    Liz Hadly Tracks the Impact of Climate Change in Yellowstone

    Scientists at Work

    (7 min 28 sec) Ecosystems in the world-famous national park are threatened by warming temperatures.

  • Coral Bleaching

    Coral Bleaching

    Animations

    (3 min 48 sec) This animation zooms into a coral reef to explore the tiny animals that build reefs, the photosynthetic algae inside their cells, and the damaging process of coral bleaching.

  • Biodiversity in the Age of Humans

    Biodiversity in the Age of Humans

    Science Talks

    Are we witnessing a sixth mass extinction? What factors threaten ecosystems on land and in the sea? What are researchers doing to try to conserve biodiversity and ecosystems?

  • EarthViewer Climate Guide Activity

    EarthViewer Climate Guide Activity

    Lessons

    This student worksheet highlights climate concepts in the EarthViewer app.

  • Earth Systems Activity

    Earth Systems Activity

    Lessons

    This activity guides students through building a conceptual model of how carbon dioxide affects Earth's climate

  • Paleoclimate: A History of Change

    Paleoclimate: A History of Change

    Click & Learn

    This interactive module examines Earth’s past and present climate, highlighting the effects of two important factors: solar radiation and the composition of the atmosphere.

  • What is My Carbon Footprint?

    What is My Carbon Footprint?

    Lessons

    This activity allows students to calculate their carbon footprint using an online calculator.

  • EarthViewer Data Files

    EarthViewer Data Files

    Lessons

    Summaries and links to the data files used to create the charts in EarthViewer, including the APK file to manually install the app.

  • The Geologic Carbon Cycle

    The Geologic Carbon Cycle

    Animations

    (6 min 20 sec) CO2 emitted by volcanoes into the atmosphere is removed by a series of chemical reactions related to rock weathering.

  • Greenhouse Effect

    Greenhouse Effect

    Animations

    (2 min 14 sec) Sunlight that warms Earth is re-emitted as infrared radiation, which is absorbed by greenhouse gases and causes further warming.

  • Classroom Activities: EarthViewer

    Classroom Activities: EarthViewer

    Lessons

    EarthViewer was designed as an interactive learning tool. Download the PDF linked in the right hand column for some ideas on how to use the app in your class, or click on the EarthViewer link to find out more about the app.

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