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View Resource Dust to Dust: The Carbon Cycle

This case study examines the carbon cycle: from carbon becoming carbon dioxide, to carbohydrate, to animals, then back to carbon dioxide again. Chemistry topics like atomic structures, carbon isotopes, radiocarbon dating, beta decay, half-life and photosynthesis are explained. The case study and teaching notes may be downloaded in PDF format. The site also includes a section for instructor...

View Resource Global Climate Change

This site provides a brief overview of processes and properties associated with global climate change and its rate of change, which is of current concern to scientists. The carbon cycle is discussed including its sources, sinks, and release agents along with the fact that it is critical to the biosphere and must continue cycling to support life on Earth. The information at this site should lead...

View Resource Clean Coal Technologies

This site from the University of Kentucky's Center for Applied Energy Research explains clean coal technologies, including coal-to-liquids, synthetic natural gas, and carbon dioxide emissions. The presentation explores the benefits and processes of clean coal technologies (gasification, coal-to-liquids, synthetic natural gas, carbon capture & sequestration and integrated gasification combined...

View Resource Carbon Dioxide Aquariums Greenhouse Gas Lesson

This classroom activity looks at carbon dioxide and its role in climate change. Students will perform an in-class experiment using aquariums. CO2 gas will be added to one aquarium, and measurements are taken of both aquariums over a one or two week period. This lesson includes step by step instructions on carrying out the experiment. The unit is a good introduction to the concepts of the carbon...

View Resource CarbonTracker

This portal provides information about the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Earth System Research Laboratory (ERSL) CarbonTracker, a system to keep track of carbon dioxide uptake and release at the Earth's surface over time. CarbonTracker produces model predictions of atmospheric CO2 mole fractions, to be compared with the observed atmospheric CO2 mole fractions. Materials...

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