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General Earth Science
General Life Science
Evolution and Diversity
Organisms and Their Environments
Water Cycle, Weather, and Climate
General Environmental Studies
General Polar Science
Snow and Ice Science
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.
This program is supported by the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed by this program are those of the PIs and coordinating team, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.