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Following the Carbon Cycle

Jack Cook, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

This interactive follows carbon as it moves through various components of the carbon cycle.

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Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

Biogeochemical cycles of greenhouse gases / Carbon cycle
About Teaching Principle 2
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Energy Literacy

Fossil and bio fuels are organic matter that contain energy captured from sunlight.
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4.3 Fossil and bio fuels contain energy captured from sunlight.
Movement of matter between reservoirs is driven by Earth's internal and external sources of energy.
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2.5 Energy moves between reservoirs.
Greenhouse gases affect energy flow through the Earth system.
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2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow.
The effects of changes in Earth's energy system are often not immediately apparent.
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2.7 Effects of changes in Earth's energy system .
Ecosystems are affected by changes in the availability of energy and matter.
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3.5 Ecosystems are affected by availability of energy..

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • There is not a scientifically thorough explanation behind each component of the interactive, so this would need to be accompanied with extra notes or other forms of explanation for students.

About the Science

  • Simple diagram of the carbon cycle.
  • Descriptions of the science at each component are rather brief.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Accurate description of the carbon cycle from a credible agency. I liked how simple the model was, but I also liked how you could interact with it to find more details. Very good description of the carbon cycle, but lacks depth and could use additional content.

About the Pedagogy

  • Text is short and to the point.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Very clear, concise, and easy to use.

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