Around the World in 2 Class Periods Human Impact on Environments
Getting started► During this trip you will visit several sites around the world. Click on the underlined links and follow instructions to learn about the areas you visit. When finished with a page, “x” out and return to the PowerPoint to continue your journey.► Keep your travel log nearby so you can record your thoughts and answers to questions as you go! Bon Voyage!
First Stop: Greenland and the Arctic!► Click here to watch a Travel log questions: video showing the 1. What are at least 3 “Frozen Earth” forms of ice on Earth’s surface? 2. How does Earth’s ice help moderate the Greenlan d planet’s temperature?
Edge of the Arctic Shelf► I hope you packed a coat! We are now at the Arctic Shelf. Select thumbnails on the right of the page to view images of wildlife and scenery. Choose at least 3-5 images to view. Make sure you read the provided captions, too!Travel Log Questions:3. What are some animals of the Arctic?4. Describe the scenery.
Importance of Ice► Examine the Global Ice Viewer. Click on ‘Greenland’ and then click on a few red dots to watch and READ about ice melts. Then, click on ‘Arctic’ and follow the instructions to explore how ice levels are changing.Travel Log Question:5. How do sea ice and glaciers change Earth’s landscape? Give a specific example based on your exploration of this site.
The Connection between Ice sheets, Sea levels, and Climate change► Read the article to understand how climate change is affecting the world’s ice.Travel log questions:6. Historically, ice and sea levels fluctuate naturally. So, why all the attention to this data now? In other words, what does the data show that causes concern?7. If ice sheets and glaciers continue to melt at predicted rates, what effects would that have on Earth’s landscape?
Putting it all together► Watch the Travel log questions: 8. How does burning coal and Carbon Crisis in 90 seconds other fossil fuels affect levels of CO2 in the air? . Then, click on 9. Why does this matter? “Interactives- 10. What correlations do you see Climate Time when examining the CO2, sea level, ice, and global Machine” (left side temperature data? of the webpage). 11. How might the Arctic and Greenland differ if you “re- Follow the visited” it in 20 years? What instructions on the would it mean for the rest of the world? What can be done page to explore all to help preserve it? the climate data.
2nd Destination: Yangtze River, China Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License , Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled GNU Free Documentation License.► The Yangtze River is the longest river in Asia. It’s waters are used for rice and wheat irrigation, fishing, drinking, transportation, and hydroelectric power. It is home to several endangered species.► Click through the slideshow and read the captions for each picture.
Water pollution► To understand more about water pollution, click here. Choose at least 3 different sources of pollution to read about (click on their images).Travel log question:12. List several types of pollution that affect water. For each, describe some of the problems associated with it AND possible solutions.
Water pollution: Putting it all together► Let’s revisit theYangtze to read about specific issues affecting this body of water. Click on the “threats” and “solutions” links on the left and read the information.Travel Log question:13. What particular threats affect the Yangtze River? What are some possible solutions?
Water pollution: putting it all together► A river extremely close to Charlotte is considered to be one of the ten most endangered places in the Southeast United States. Click here to find out more. Either watch the video OR read the following sections: “Current Issues,’ ‘Energy-Water Collision’, and at least one more sub heading of your choice.Travel log question:14. What issues are facing the Catawba River? Why should you care?
Final stop: Amazon Rainforest► Finally, we’ll travel to South America. No need for a coat, now! You’re in the Amazon, a hot and humid home to the largest living collection of plants and animal species in the ► This file is in the public domain because it was solely created by NASA. NASA copyright policy states that "NASA material is NASA. world! not protected by copyright unless noted ".
Amazon Rainforest► To learn more about the amazing Amazon, click here and play the video. Also, press “Introduction” in the lower left of the screen to read about rainforests. Then, scroll down the page to see examples of wildlife found in rainforests.Travel log question:15. Describe the Amazon rainforest.
Rainforest Destruction► View a video about short-term crop planting in the rainforest.Travel Log Questions:16. Why are rainforests important?17. Describe short-term crop planting. Why can’t farmers use the same area of land year after year?
Deforestation► Choose one of the following to watch: Deforestation in Bolivia (click ‘view’, then ‘play video’) Amazon Deforestation (click the play button)Travel Log Question:18. What does satellite imagery show in these areas over time?
Problems in the Amazon: putting it all together► Read the WWF article about problems in the Amazon. Click on different links under the problems heading. You do not need to read every word, but get a good idea of the vast array of problems.► Click here to read about possible solutions to rainforest destruction (scroll down).► Also, examine Greenpeace’s economic alternatives to logging.Travel log questions:19. Name 3 ongoing threats to the Amazon. Choose one and describe the complex aspects of it.20. What are a few solutions to help stop the deforestation of the rainforest? Why do you think it is important to work with governments and indigenous people, as well as consumers like you who live far away?
Welcome Home!► Congratulations! You have traveled the world and learned about the important role all humans have in protecting the environment.► Your teacher will give you one final assignment to assess your understanding of global environmental concerns. Please see her for more information.