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- This podcast can be used to correct the science in the movie The Day after Tomorrow or as a way to introduce the role of ocean currents on climate.
About the Science
- The transcript of the podcast is provided, but the citation for the original Science article is not. The date of airing is also not readily available.
- Another term for the Great Conveyor Belt is "THC" or "thermohaline circulation". In the Atlantic it is known as "AMOC" or "Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation".
- The science continues to evolve. The podcast from 2005 was produced after the popular movie The Day After Tomorrow was released. The film focused on a NOAA Paleoclimatologist who warned that disruption of the thermohaline circulation would cause super storms and abrupt change (cooling) of the Northern Hemisphere, which is certainly not what the science suggests.
About the Pedagogy
- The podcast provides the opportunity to use auditory media in the classroom.
- The transcript of the podcast is provided as well as a background essay, discussion questions, and links to related lessons from Teachers' Domain.
- The podcast should be used with a visual or animation of the thermohaline circulation in the Atlantic.
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