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Visualizing Carbon Pathways
LuAnn Dahlman; Ali Whitmer; Bruce Caron, New Media Research Institute; David Herring; Ray Tschillard
DATA: NASA Satellite Images TOOLS: ImageJ and Image Composite Explorer (ICE) of NASA Earth Observations (NEO). SUMMARY: Build animations of satellite data to illustrate and explore carbon pathways through the Earth system.

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Resource Type: Activities: Computer Applications, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Datasets and Tools:Datasets with Tools, Datasets with Teaching Activities, Activities:Classroom Activity:Process Oriented Guided Inquiry, Activities:Classroom Activity, Audio/Visual:Animations/Video
Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography:Biological, Biology:Ecology, Environmental Science:Energy:Carbon Capture & Storage, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Carbon capture & storage, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Carbon capture & storage, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Biogeochemical cycling

Using the pH Scale and Carbonic Acid Formation to Understand the Effect of Ocean Acidification on Organisms with Calcium Carbonate Shells.
Richard Rueb, Clackamas Community College
In this lab activity students use the pH scale and the reaction of carbon dioxide with water to understand ocean acidification and make predictions regarding the effect of ocean acidification on marine organisms by experimentally determining the effect of pH of calcite dissolution.

Resource Type: Activities: Activities
Subject: Environmental Science:Oceans and Coastal Resources, Geoscience, :Oceanography:Marine Resources, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate, Environmental Science, :Ecosystems, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Geoscience:Oceanography, Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change

Article Review
Karen Bridges, Mt. San Antonio College
During the semester, students must complete two article reviews. They are required to summarize and critically evaluate a recent article pertaining to a topic in Earth Science. Articles may be chosen by the student ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Activities, :Writing Assignment
Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography, Geology

Identifying Plate Tectonic Boundaries for a Virtual Ocean Basin
Steve Reynolds, Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix
Students observe an ocean basin and two continental margins to identify possible plate boundaries and predict where earthquakes and volcanoes would occur. They also draw the boundaries in cross section.

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity, Activities
Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Geology and Geophysics, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics, Tectonics

Tsunami assignment
Klaus Neumann, Ball State University
Students read reports about potential sources for tsunamis on the US east coast and compare them with previously discussed dangers for the west cost.

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Writing Assignment
Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Geology and Geophysics, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Mass Wasting, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards:Tsunami

Modeling the oceanic thermohaline circulation with STELLA
David Bice, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
This activity describes the construction of and then experimentation with a STELLA model of the thermohaline circulation in the north Atlantic. Based on a famous paper by Stommel (1961), this model exhibits two ...

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Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity
Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography, Oceanography:Ocean-Climate Interactions, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Natural causes, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Climate feedbacks, Natural causes, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate, Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Atmospheric and oceanic circulation, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Climate feedbacks

Contour Basics: JAVA Mac/PC
Steve Ackerman and Tom Whittaker, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Space Science and Engineering Center. Starting Point page organized by R.M. MacKay.
A great on-line resource for introducing students to contour plots.

Resource Type: Activities: Audio/Visual:Maps, Activities:Classroom Activity, Lab Activity
Subject: Geography:Physical, Geoscience:Geology, Oceanography, Atmospheric Science

Sea Floor Spreading II
Activity and Starting Point page by R.M. MacKay. Clark College, Physics and Meteorology.
Students import ocean bathymetry data from text files, they then use Excel to graph these observations along with model prediction to assess the model's ability to simulated the observed topographic features ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity
Subject: Geoscience:Geology, Oceanography

Calculation of the Magnitude of Lunar and Solar Tidal Forces on the Earth
Randal Mandock, Clark Atlanta University; Randal Mandock, Clark Atlanta University
Project in which students calculate the magnitude of lunar and solar tidal forces on the earth. They calculate the solar tidal effect relative to the lunar tidal effect and the relative solar tidal effect for spring-tide conditions.

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Project
Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography, Geology, Lunar and Planetary Science

Question of the Day: Regeneration of Fish
The two figures shown above are from the The Fishing Game (more info) game. They show the number of new fish per year that are added to the fish "stock," depending on the maximum number of fish that the ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity:Short Activity
Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Resources, Biology, Geoscience:Oceanography:Biological, Environmental Science:Oceans and Coastal Resources:Fisheries

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