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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, such as, water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, ozone, and nitrous oxide. Students will learn 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 texture of the planet's surfaces. 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
2000-2001 University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. All Rights Reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-322
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:
Editor: Sandra Henderson
UCAR/Office of Education & Outreach

Principal Investigator: Carol McLaren
Science Discovery Program