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Lesson for the day: “What emerges from the melting ice?” “


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Text presented: “What emerges from the melting ice?»By Franz Lidz

As climate change causes global temperatures to rise, ancient animal remains and human artifacts emerge from melting glaciers and permafrost.

In this lesson, you will learn about some of the objects that the melting ice has revealed. Then you will learn more about climate change by participating in a citizen science project.

Before you learn more about some of the artifacts found in melting glaciers, watch this four-minute video from National Geographic on how climate change is affecting glaciers.

Then answer the following questions:

  • What is a glacier?

  • What are the different types?

  • How do glaciers form?

  • What resources do glaciers provide?

  • What is the link between melting glaciers and climate change?

Here are nine words you might not know in this text:

8. Paleolithic
9. domestication

What words do you know? What are the novelties for you?

Go to Vocabulary.com learn the meaning of each word and practice using them.

Read the text below, or print it PDF. Then answer the following questions:

1. What effect is climate change having on permafrost and glaciers?

2. What animal remains have been found in the permafrost?

3. What is important about the fossil tree that has been discovered?

4. What conclusions did the researchers draw from the rope and arrow they found near the Langfonne ice patch?

5. Which artefact were you most surprised to see? What would you like to know more about?

Learn more about climate change by choosing one of two citizen science projects from Zoouniverse below to be completed alone or with a partner.

Fossil atmospheres: Help the researchers create a recording of how the atmosphere has changed over time. You will observe modern leaves and fossils up close to track climate change over millions of years.

Mapping change: In this project, you will help scientists measure climate change by identifying a baseline of how animals, plants and fungi existed before conditions changed. You will analyze specimens up close to help scientists draw conclusions about climate change.

After participating in the citizen science project, answer the following questions:

  • What did you learn by participating in the project?

  • What question would you like to ask the researchers leading the project?

  • In what ways did the project connect with what you learned in the text presented?

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