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Grade Level: 9-12
Science Education Standards:
Earth and Space Science
Energy in the Earth System
- Heating of Earth's surface and atmosphere by the sun drives convection within the atmosphere and oceans, producing winds and ocean currents.
- Global climate is determined by energy transfer from the sun at and near the Earth's surface. This energy transfer is influenced by dynamic processes such as cloud cover and the Earth's rotation, and static conditions such as the position of mountain ranges and oceans.
The Origin and Evolution of the Earth System
- Interactions among the solid Earth, the oceans, the atmosphere, and organisms have resulted in the ongoing evolution of the Earth system.
Short Description: There are a variety of "Looking at Data" activities near the bottom of this page that examine Earth's hydrology, ranging from air temperature, to clouds, ozone, water temperature, salinity, amount of dissolved oxygen, and more.
Source: The GLOBE Program