Anthropogenic Effects on Carbon Flows and Reservoirs

  • Overview (PDF, 328KB) (includes learning outcomes and Standards alignment)
  • In this activity, students continue to explore the carbon cycle as they consider carbon flows between land, ocean and atmosphere reservoirs, including flows caused by human activities. They run two models of the carbon cycle as they play the Paper Clip Carbon Cycle Game and use Carbon Cycle Cards to gather evidence and describe the flows (processes) that move carbon from one reservoir to another. Finally, they discuss how the design of the activity affected what they learned.
  • Activity Write-up (PDF, 512KB)
  • Activity Powerpoint slides (PDF, 1.3MB)
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