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If the Sea Ice Disappears... How will climate change affect the fertile Bering Sea?
http://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/viewArticle.do?id=63566

Chris Linder, Tim Silva, Lonny Lippsett, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

This audio slideshow examines the changes in the ecosystem that will occur to the Arctic due to increasing temperatures and disappearing sea ice.

Video length: 7:16 minutes.

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Individual organisms survive within specific ranges of temperature, precipitation, humidity, and sunlight. Organisms exposed to climate conditions outside their normal range must adapt or migrate, or they will perish.
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Teaching Tips

  • This audio slideshow would be a good fit with an Arctic ecosystem unit or lesson.

About the Science

  • WHOI Scientists describe ecosystem research in the southern Bering Sea and discuss why this research is important in light of predicted sea ice and ocean temperature changes.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

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  • This is an audio slideshow with both static images and video.
  • There are links to related articles.

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  • Good graphics and a pleasing narrative voice and tone.

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