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Change Is Happening!

As you know, greenhouse gases contribute to changes in the temperature of Earth. Many people have expressed an interest in determining the changes that are currently occurring around the globe and how they affect the various systems on Earth. Your challenge will be to research one of the following global changes and determine how it may be a positive or negative influence on Earth systems.

Possible Topics:

  • Global warming
  • Solar fluctuation
  • Volcanic explosions
  • Slash and burn operations

Consider the following in your research:

  1. What problems are associated with this global change?
  2. On which Earth system is this global change a positive influence?
  3. On which Earth system is this global change a negative influence?
  4. What part of this global change is due to human activity?
  5. What could you personally do to help reduce the negative effects caused by one of the possible topics above? Do not hesitate to use your imagination.

Sources you may use for your research include:

Share your research with a parent, teacher, friend, or classmate. You may choose to use video, Web pages, multimedia presentations, and posters. Good luck!
Review science lab safety rules here.

Get the plug-ins: Get Adobe Acrobat Reader and Get Quicktime Player. (The QuickTime plug-in is needed to play sounds and movies correctly.)

Want to share photos of you or your friends doing this activity? Send it in an e-mail with the following information:

  1. The title of the activity
  2. The URL (Internet address)
  3. Your name.

Remember that no pictures can be used that show student faces or student names on it. 

Teachers should view the Teacher Site Map to relate Sci-ber text and the USOE Earth Systems Science core.


Updated October 24, 2008 by: Glen Westbroek

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