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Observe how nature records climate change.

TERC, McDougal Littell

This is a basic, small photo gallery of images associated with the gathering of proxy data from coral growth, tree rings, and ice core layers. Accompanying the images is a brief description of the methods that is both straightforward and correct.

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Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

Environmental observations are the foundation for understanding the climate system. From the bottom of the ocean to the surface of the Sun, instruments on weather stations, buoys, satellites, and other platforms collect climate data. To learn about past climates, scientists use natural records, such as tree rings, ice cores, and sedimentary layers. Historical observations, such as native knowledge and personal journals, also document past climate change.
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Sometimes, scientists can control conditions in order to obtain evidence. When that is not possible, practical, or ethical, they try to observe as wide a range of natural occurrences as possible to discern patterns.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Good materials to support a lesson about climates of the past.

About the Science

  • The descriptions of the methods are concise and correct. There are images that show different aspects of each method.
  • Illustrates the results of paleoclimatologists' work and which tools they use to reconstruct past climates.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • Brief informational text puts the pictures in perspective. Fairly static, but as a quick introduction to paleoclimatology could lead to exploration of any of these strategies.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Easy to find and use. Images cannot be downloaded, so entire web link must be embedded into a presentation. Flash player needed.

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