This investigation allows students to explore the geography of Antarctica and become an active member of the citizen science project, PenguinWatch.
* Examine maps of the World, South Polar Regions and Antarctica and interpret geographic location influence on climates
* Develop map skills by learning how to use longitude and latitude coordinates to locate 6 research
This lesson incorporates techniques and experimental designs used by researchers during the Southern Ocean Diatoms PolarTREC expedition and during post-expedition laboratory analysis. This guided inquiry lesson provides students the opportunity to explore photosynthesis and primary productivity using techniques to measure chlorophyll levels.
1. Use models to predict chlorophyll levels in the global oceans
Students will develop research questions that will help them develop an ecosystem profile (species/conditions etc.) of a local pond. Their results will be compared with data from the McMurdo Dry Valley Lakes in Antarctica. Discussions about climate and energy dynamics will be conducted as conclusions are drawn. A map and key for the local pond (species/locations/conditions) will be