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These are the teaching notes for a case study that deals with the question "Was there past life on Mars?" This issue received attention in 1996 when a group of scientists associated with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) held a press conference where they revealed evidence favoring the presence of life on Mars billions of years ago. These findings were publicized days in advance ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Case study, Guide for instructor
Subject: Policy issues, Space science
 
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This role-playing activity engages students in a practical exercise in land use planning, helping to reinforce the positive and negative aspects of land use laws and local zoning ordinances. Using photographs or color slides, and a legal description (deed) of a choice piece of relatively undeveloped real estate in their area (at least 20 acres in size), they will work in groups to select a proposed ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Environmental science, Policy issues
 
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This portal provides a compendium of current climate change information, including scientific evidence for climate change, policy documents (including the Kyoto Protocol and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment reports), summaries of specific climate change issues, and links to additional resources. These data holdings can be searched spatially, temporally, or by keyword, freetext, ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional, General public
Resource type: Educational portal
Subject: Climatology, Policy issues
 
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This article describes the issues of rising sea level, subsiding ground, and increasingly persistent flooding in the ancient city of Venice which are threatening treasured architecture and works of art. There is also a discussion of the risks, benefits, and expense of the proposed solution to the flooding, a massive set of gates intended to block the entrances to the Venetian lagoon. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Environmental science, Policy issues
 
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This video segment, adapted ftom a NOVA broadcast, provides an account of the 1995 avalanche that overran the fishing village of Flateyri, Iceland, killing 20 people. It also points out the unpredictability of such natural disasters and describes some of the Icelandic government's efforts to mitigate the risk. The segment is four minutes seventeen seconds in length. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Video
Subject: Natural hazards, Policy issues
 
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Dams are widely distributed throughout the U.S. Their impact is perhaps most apparent in western cities, many of which lack a sufficient local water supply and thus rely on water diverted from far-away sources, particularly man-made lakes. This video segment shows how the city of Denver, Colorado, faced with a growing water crisis, developed and later abandoned a plan for a nearby dam and instead ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Video
Subject: Environmental science, Policy issues
 
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Tsunamis are the result of processes that shape the Earth's surface: earthquakes, volcanic events, and landslides. People cannot control the dynamic forces that drive tectonic events; however, they can reduce the number of lives lost to tsunamis by using technology to assess hazards, develop warning systems, and educate the public. This report discusses what it will take to implement an effective ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Natural hazards, Policy issues
 
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The mission of this website is to monitor and assess the state of the Earth's climate in near real-time, providing decision-makers at all levels of the public and private sectors with data and information on climate trends and variability including perspectives on how the climate of today compares to the past. Special reports focus on the national overview and global analysis on climate extremes, ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), General public
Resource type: Map, Visualization - scientific, Modeled dataset, Remotely sensed dataset
Subject: Climatology, Policy issues
 
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This site provides information on the Climate Change Science Program which integrates federal research on climate and global change, as sponsored by thirteen federal agencies. Links are provided to workshop announcements, policy White Papers and a meetings calendar. Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional, General public
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Climatology, Policy issues
 
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This article describes an activity in which students use web-based resources to investigate global climate change. The investigation takes the form of a computer activity in which they collect data from the internet on temperature, concentrations of various gases, oxygen isotopes, and others. The activity begins by posing the question: 'Should the U.S. and other countries limit emissions of greenhouse ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity, Case study, Journal article
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Educational theory and practice, Policy issues
 
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