*Antarctica Field Trip
 

 

What are the native land mammals of Antarctica? (Hint: that was a trick question). Do you know what Nanatuks are? Being the coldest place on Earth, who chooses to live there and why? Did you realize that if you use rainfall as a measure, Antarctica is by definition a desert? How in the world can a place virtually covered with ice be considered a desert?

Did you know that

  • whenever an aurora borealis (Northern Lights) occurs at the North Pole, its mirror twin occurs as the aurora australis at the South Pole?
  • the ice is nearly 3 miles deep in some places?
  • there really IS a pole at the South Pole and it's moving?
  • it's actually possible to photograph a mirage in Antarctica?
  • the name Antarctica means "opposite to the Arctic"?

Take this field trip and learn about Antarctica- the coldest, driest, highest, windiest continent!

Objectives

  1. Students will learn about plate tectonics.
  2. Students will learn about the Antarctic climate and how changes can affect planet Earth.
  3. Students will learn about glaciers and ice movement.
  4. Students will learn about how the variety of scientific research efforts that are conducted in Antarctica.
  5. Students will learn about the flora and fauna of Antarctica
  6. Students will be introduced to the "government" of Antarctica

Concepts

  • How one distant continent can affect the global climate
  • How the Antarctic environment provides for the species it can support
  • Antarctic ice contains much of the world's fresh water- why could this be significant?

Terms To Learn

altitude
Antarctic Treaty
aurora australis
biodiversity
biome
climate
conservation
continent
crevasse
expedition
exploitation
extinct
geology
glacier
global warming
habitat
iceburg
ice sheet

International Geophysical Year
Katabatic winds
krill
native species
nunatak
ozone depletion
plankton
plate tectonics
polar
polar cap
precipitation
south pole
species
sustainable
threatened
treaty
tundra
viable

 

 

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