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The Carbon Cycle interactive

Lenni Armstrong, C. Dunlap, TERC

This is an interactive visualization of the Carbon Cycle, through short-term and long-term processes.

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Visualization would fit well into any science class exploring the role of carbon and how it moves through the Earth system.
  • Color difference between reservoir and process is a bit subtle; be sure to point that out to students.

About the Science

  • This visualization examines the complex relationships in the cycling of carbon through the Earth system.
  • The quantities that are used in the scale of the reservoirs are not cited, so it is not clear from where the data originated.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • Each source and sink can be clicked on for more information.
  • Written passages are concise and written at the correct grade level (7-12).

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • The visualization is easy to use and graphics are excellent.
  • Resource is very text-rich within the source and sink information boxes. This may be a challenge for English language learners.
  • This content is available in Flash format only. Page contains instructions for iPad use and instructions for enabling Flash in your web browser.

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