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Which Gets Hotter, Land or Water?
This activity illustrates how dark land surfaces, light land surfaces and water all heat at different rates. Students determine whether land or water absorbs heat more quickly and how this difference affects weather and climate.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lab activity
  • Atmospheric science
  • Physics
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and Other Restrictions is Unknown
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-004-574
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • B - Physical science:
        • Transfer of energy
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth's history
    • 9-12:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Geochemical cycles
Related resources:
This resource is referenced by 'The Geological Society of America: Resources for K-12 Earth Science Educators'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Ms Christine V McLelland
Geological Society of America

Publisher: The Geological Society of America