WAIS Divide Ice Core Project, National Science Foundation
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High School: 4 Disciplinary Core Ideas
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- Use as a short intro to lesson on ice cores. This is the first in a three-video series, which also includes "Life on the Ice" and "Modeling our Future Climate".
About the Science
- Video shows the process of collecting ice cores. No data is shown or discussed.
- Comments from expert scientist: The video explains the importance of climate change, and the usefulness of scientific study to understand past climate for the purpose of becoming better at predicting future climate. The focus is WAIS Divide and the ice coring operations taking place there. The video explains how ice layers accumulate and how pockets of air form within the layers. Explanations of how the cores are collected and logged are included. The science is accurate, but does not go in-depth.
About the Pedagogy
- The video is not accompanied by any background materials - although there is lots of background material on the project website - http://www.waisdivide.unh.edu/
Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 1
MS-ESS2.A2:The planet’s systems interact over scales that range from microscopic to global in size, and they operate over fractions of a second to billions of years. These interactions have shaped Earth’s history and will determine its future.
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 4
HS-ESS2.A3:The geological record shows that changes to global and regional climate can be caused by interactions among changes in the sun’s energy output or Earth’s orbit, tectonic events, ocean circulation, volcanic activity, glaciers, vegetation, and human activities. These changes can occur on a variety of time scales from sudden (e.g., volcanic ash clouds) to intermediate (ice ages) to very long-term tectonic cycles.
HS-ESS2.D1:The foundation for Earth’s global climate systems is the electromagnetic radiation from the sun, as well as its reflection, absorption, storage, and redistribution among the atmosphere, ocean, and land systems, and this energy’s re-radiation into space.
HS-ESS2.D2:Gradual atmospheric changes were due to plants and other organisms that captured carbon dioxide and released oxygen.
HS-ESS2.D3:Changes in the atmosphere due to human activity have increased carbon dioxide concentrations and thus affect climate.