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The Effect of Land Masses on Climate
http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ttv10.sci.ess.land/

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This video describes the complex connections between land (the lithosphere) and other parts of Earth’s climate system. Animations from NOAA show how distance from the equator affects average temperature in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. The video emphasizes five land factors that influence climate: latitude, elevation, topography, surface reflectivity, and land use.

Video length: 4:08 minutes.

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Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

When Earth emits the same amount of energy as it absorbs, its energy budget is in balance, and its average temperature remains stable.
About Teaching Principle 1
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Earth’s climate is influenced by interactions involving the Sun, ocean, atmosphere, clouds, ice, land, and life. Climate varies by region as a result of local differences in these interactions.
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Energy Literacy

Earth's weather and climate is mostly driven by energy from the Sun.
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2.3 Earth's climate driven by the Sun.
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 .
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.

Benchmarks for Science Literacy
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Climatic conditions result from latitude, altitude, and from the position of mountain ranges, oceans, and lakes. Dynamic processes such as cloud formation, ocean currents, and atmospheric circulation patterns influence climates as well.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • This video could be a short introduction/overview of the ways in which land masses and their charateristics affect climate.

About the Science

  • NOAA animations from satellite data are used to demonstrate climate-influencing factors across the planet. Each factor is described separately.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • A background essay, teaching tips, and standards accompany resource.
  • The video is very clear and well designed, but will need to be paused as students will have difficulty processing the information at the speed with which it is narrated.
  • This video does not address the influences of landmasses on ocean circulation and the global transfer of heat from equator to poles.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Excellent quality on the computer, but resolution is too low for projection. Suggest downloading.

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