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Paleo Slide Set: Polar Ice Cores
This slide show describes scientists' travels to the ends of the earth to study climate variability. Included in this set are color photos of the Greenland Ice Sheet and the Antarctic Ice Sheet, in addition to a comprehensive text for each slide. Examine ice cores, visit science camps, and understand the importance of these two enormous ice sheets. Maps and graphical representations of ice core data along with ice core methodology and long term glacial/interglacial climatic reconstructions are also included. This set can also be used as an educational tool for studying current issues in glaciology, global warming, the greenhouse effect, and global climate variability.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Presentation / Demo
  • Visual:
    • Photograph
  • Atmospheric science
  • Climatology
  • Cryology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Most NOAA photos and slides are in the public domain and CANNOT be copyrighted. No fee is charged for using the photos, and credit MUST be given to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Paleoclimatology Program/Department of Commerce along with credit to the photographer or other source where given. To ensure that the scientific community continues to make valuable contributions to the NOAA Paleoclimatology Programs Website and Educational Slide Sets, we ask that you not use the slides from the slide sets for any commercial purposes without prior permission from the image contributors.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-005-699
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Environmental quality
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
        • Sci. / tech. in local, national, and global challenges
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Paleoclimatology Slides'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Paleoclimatology Program