Lab 4: Deforestation and the Carbon Cycle
Summary and Learning Objectives
In Part A of this Lab, students will learn about the effects of deforestation on the carbon cycle, climate and the environment. In Part B, students use the Global Forest Cover data tool developed by the World Resources Institute to conduct their own research on changes in forest cover.
After completing this investigation, students will be able to:
- Describe the relationship between forests, climate and the carbon cycle;
- Describe how deforestation causes changes in the carbon cycle;
- Describe the reasons for deforestation; and
- Use the Global Forest Cover tool to research and keep track of changes in forest cover over time.
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Lab 4 supports following Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
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