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The Greenhouse Effect DLESE Reviewed Collection
This site provides an overview of the earth's atmospheric greenhouse effect by briefly exploring the atmospheres of nearby planets and discussing the greenhouse gases of our atmosphere. Information at this site helps students to understand that the greenhouse effect is what makes this planet suitable for life as we know it and that the earth's atmosphere contains trace gases, water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, ozone, and nitrous oxide, which absorb heat and are referred to as greenhouse gases. Students will also recognize that the heat-trapping ability of a greenhouse is influenced by a number of factors, including the transparency of the greenhouse cover, and color and quality of the surfaces inside the greenhouse. This site serves as a resource for and includes links to two classroom activities.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lab activity
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
Subject:
  • Atmospheric science
  • Environmental science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
The source of this material is Project Learn at http://www.ucar.edu/learn at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). References herein to other Web pages, which may be linked to this site, specific commercial products, processes, or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not constitute or imply an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by UCAR. The user of this Web site understands that, with the exception of an employee or other authorized user of a UCAR sponsoring organization, UCAR may not be obligated to provide any support, consulting, training, or assistance of any kind with regard to the use of this Web site, or to provide any updates, revisions, or new versions. (c) 2000-2001 University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. All Rights Reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-005-617
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • B - Physical science:
        • Transfer of energy
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • B - Physical science:
        • Interactions of energy and matter
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'LEARN: Atmospheric Science Explorers'
This resource is the basis for 'What is a Greenhouse?'
This resource is the basis for 'What Factors Impact a Greenhouse?'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research