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Changing Planet: Melting Glaciers

NBC Learn video - Changing Planet, Windows to the Universe

This NBC Learn video features climate scientists doing their research on Mt. Kilimanjaro to study the climate of the past. The scientists put the recently observed changes on the glacier into perspective by comparing past climate fluctuations, stressing that the current observed rate of change is unprecedented.

Video length: 6:44 min.

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Global warming and especially arctic warming is recorded in natural geological and historic records
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Teaching Tips

  • Video can be used as a hook to the accompanying learning activity http://www.windows2universe.org/teacher_resources/melting_glaciers.html or for any class on climate change.
  • Important to bring the topic of effects of global warming to the local level and not only point out how global warming will affect cultures far away.
  • One of the only videos about Mt. Kilimanjaro specifically.

About the Science

  • Video addresses impact of melting glaciers, in particular atop Mt. Kilimanjaro, on fresh water supply and the economy of populations at its base.
  • The video also addresses the shrinking of the glacier on Mt. Kilimanjaro via melting and sublimation attributed in part to decrease in precipitation in East Africa and Indian Ocean as surface temperatures rise.
  • Comment from expert scientist: The included video is good and presents good introductory level information about glaciers and how they are changing.

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