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How Does Melting Ice Affect Sea Level?
http://www.andrill.org/flexhibit/flexhibit/materials/activities/Activity5C-HowDoesMeltingIceAffectSeaLevel.pdf

LuAnn Dahlman, ANDRILL

In this activity, students investigate how sea levels might rise when ice sheets and ice caps melt by constructing a pair of models and seeing the effects of ice melt in two different situations. Students should use their markers to predict the increase of water in each box before the ice melts.

Activity takes one hour. Additional materials required.

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About the Science

  • Activity effectively models difference between melting sea ice vs land ice.
  • Comments from expert scientist: This activity shows that ice melting on land will raise sea level and that sea ice melting will not raise sea level. Good for the elementary school level.

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  • The illustrated directions for students are exceptionally well done and each step is accompanied by excellent images to guide students.
  • An excellent use of models to illustrate how scientists determine past climate history.
  • Students present results to visitors in a kind of science exhibit/presentation format.
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