Ancient Ice and Our Planet's Future
WAIS Divide Ice Core Project, National Science Foundation
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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/