Geoff Haines-Stiles Productions, EARTH: The Operators' Manual
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4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
4.3 Fossil and bio fuels contain energy captured from sunlight.
Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .
2.5 Energy moves between reservoirs.
2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow.
Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow .
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- Use to start a discussion or unit on the misconception that volcanoes emit more CO2 into the atmosphere than human activities.
- Additional resources from this program are available here: http://earththeoperatorsmanual.com/
- If needed, students can review fossil fuel formation in segment 3 of this same set of resources.
About the Science
- Penn State climatologist Richard Alley describes how we know that most of the carbon being added to the atmosphere in the last century is from fossil fuels.
- Alley explains that by measuring the different carbon isotopes and the changes in carbon compared to oxygen, we know how much carbon is added to the atmosphere by living organisms and volcanoes (small) compared to that added by burning fossil fuels (large).
- Comment from expert scientist: The video and the corresponding student activities useful to students understanding how scientists know that the rise in CO2 is due to burning of fossil fuels, rather than natural processes. Richard Alley is a dynamic personality and does a good job presenting the science in the video. There are four different concept activities that teachers can explore to follow up on the concepts presented in the video.
About the Pedagogy
- Audio track is augmented by word track running along the bottom.
- Teaching tips, learning objectives, and an annotated script are included to facilitate the use of this resource in classrooms.
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- Excellent quality.
- This segment is from the hour-long episode but stands alone quite well.
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