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The Carbon Cycle
http://changingthebalance.thinkport.org/the_carbon_cycletc.html

Thinkport, Maryland Public Television

This narrated slide presentation shows the carbon cycle, looking at various parts of this biogeochemical sequence by examining carbon reservoirs and how carbon is exchanged among them and the atmosphere.

Presentation length: 3:30 minutes.

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Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

The abundance of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is controlled by biogeochemical cycles that continually move these components between their ocean, land, life, and atmosphere reservoirs. The abundance of carbon in the atmosphere is reduced through seafloor accumulation of marine sediments and accumulation of plant biomass and is increased through deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels as well as through other processes.
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Energy Literacy

Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.
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7.3 Environmental quality.
The quality of life of individuals and societies is affected by energy choices.
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Energy affects quality of life .
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.
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Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .
Water plays a major role in the storage and transfer of energy in the Earth system.
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2.4 Water stores and transfers energy.
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.
Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow through the Earth system.
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Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow .
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..
Humans live within Earth's ecosystems.
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3.6 Humans live within Earth's ecosystems..
Biological processes depend on energy flow through the Earth system.
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Biological processes depend on energy flow.

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Teaching Tips

  • Additional suggestions to use this resource are available at the website.

About the Science

  • Brief and engaging introduction to the carbon cycle and how humans are part of the natural cycle.
  • Comments from expert scientist: The content provided on carbon cycle is simple and accurate. It highlights the natural and anthropogenic components of the cycle.

About the Pedagogy

  • There are multiple resources connected with this visualization, including background information, a printable note-taking page, recommendations for assessments, links to other resources, and additional ways to use the resource.
  • This resource provides a mechanism by which students can connect science and history.
  • Reviewers felt that it was also valuable in the context of the suite of learning activities in which it is embedded.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • To see the site as it was designed, viewer should set monitor resolution to at least 1024 x 768 pixels and maximize browser window.
  • Adobe flash required
  • Window should be expandable so that text can be read. This text is what the audio portion provides.
  • This activity is embedded in a much broader suite of activities and navigating through the suite can be confusing to the user.

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