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Eyewitness Documentary of Changes in the Arctic's Climate
http://forces.si.edu/arctic/video/eyewitness.html

Smithsonian Institution

This video documents the scope of changes in the Arctic, focusing on the impacts of warming and climate change on the indigenous Inuit population.

Video length 5:32 min.

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  • Using the materials that accompany this video will facilitate integrating it into a unit of climate change.
  • Resource comes from this page http://forces.si.edu/arctic/index.html which contains a lot of background information and additional resources.

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  • On Banks Island in Canada's High Arctic, Inuit hunters have a close relationship with the natural world. They have observed changes in the permafrost, the fish harvests, and the landscape. Their observations of changes over the decades provide an important source of climate change data to scientists who study the Arctic.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

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