Lab 1: Getting to Know the CryosphereThe lab activity described here was developed by Erin Bardar of TERC for the EarthLabs project.
Summary and Learning Objectives
In Part A of this lab, students will learn about the different components that make up the cryosphere and where they can be found on Earth. In Part B, they will be introduced to some of the ways climate and the cryosphere influence one another, as well as how and why scientists study changes in our planet's snow and ice. In Part C, students will learn about some of the ways that humans, plants, and animals are connected to and affected by the cryosphere.
After completing this investigation, students will be able to:
- list the major components of the cryosphere
- identify where snow and ice are found on Earth
- explain the role of albedo in balancing Earth's radiation budget
- give at least 3 examples of how the cryopshere impacts life on Earth
- explain why scientists use the cryosphere to study climate
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Lab 1 supports the following Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS):
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