Polar Lands and Life Activity: Permafrost Demonstration
The attached Lands and Life flyer, produced by the International Polar Year (IPY) Programme Office, includes a summary of terrestrial polar ecosystems, from southern cold maritime islands to dry continental deserts in Antarctica and from tree line across the continental tundra to remote northern islands in the Arctic. An attached activity allows students to build a small scale model of a landscape dominated by permafrost and to then witness what happens when it thaws.
- Two clear, wide-mouthed plastic jars (approximately 500 mL each)
- Ice cubes
- Modeling clay