Fossil Fuels and the Carbon Cycle
- Instead of having students cut their muffins in half after making their predictions, challenge students to restore the “landscape” on the top of their muffins before proceeding with the rest of the activity.
- Ask students, What cycles besides the carbon cycle are important in ecosystems? Encourage students to learn about those other cycles by using resources in the library or on the Internet. For example, nitrogen is another atmospheric gas that cycles through non-living and living parts of ecosystems in many different forms.
- Have students conduct research on the Internet about fossil fuels (uses, conservation efforts and ideas, etc.)
Keywords: lessons | Earth | layers | oil | natural gas | fossil fuels | drilling | core samples | C02 | carbon dioxide | rock layers | Earth | petroleum | refinery | offshore well | petrochemical
- Moreno N., and B. Tharp. (2011). The Science of Global Atmospheric Change Teacher’s Guide. Third edition. Baylor College of Medicine. ISBN: 978-1-888997-76-7.
- Photo of offshore platform located in the Gulf of Mexico © Chad Teer. CC-BY-SA 2.0.
- Photo a petrochemical refinery in Grangemouth, Scotland, UK, courtesy of John. Wikimedia Commons CC-BY-SA 3.0.
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My Health My World: National Dissemination
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