Deforestation in the Amazon
NASA Visualization Studio
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Middle School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 3 Cross Cutting Concepts
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- It is suggested that this be used as part of a unit on ecosystems and climate change.
- There is no color key provided for the images. However, the images clearly indicate significant land cover change.
About the Science
- Tropical forests act as major carbon 'sinks', places where ambient carbon dioxide in the atmosphere can be absorbed by growing things and sequestered for years.
- Data taken in 1975 and 2009 from the Landsat series of spacecraft shows enormous tracts of forest disappearing in Rondonia, Brazil.
- Comments from expert scientist: Short and easy to read piece on a globally important topic. Visuals clearly show the effect of deforestation on land cover. There are a number of other similar NASA websites that seem more up to date.
About the Pedagogy
- Scaffolding of the visualization is provided in accompanying text.
- This resource engages students in using scientific data.
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