This teaching box focuses on the concept that changes in sea level have occurred in the past, are occurring now, and will continue to occur.
The unit provides an inquiry-based exploration of the lines of evidence for periodic melting of ice and resulting sea level rise: glacial evidence, geologic evidence, fossil evidence, and isotopic evidence. Students learn about the worldwide effects of sea level changes in the past and then use a study on topography and sea level to demonstrate their understanding of impact of sea level change on flora, fauna, and human society.
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Lesson 1. Introductory activity:
Consequences of Global Warming
Lesson 2. Experimenting with Ice
Lesson 3. Glacial Evidence for Sea
Lesson 4. Fossil Evidence for Sea
Lesson 5. Impacts of Topography on
Sea Level Change
Lesson 6. Culminating
Activity: Impacts of Sea Level Change
Authors of this teaching box
This box was created during the summer of 2005 as part of a pilot project by the following professionals from the San Francisco Bay area of California: