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The Polar Regions: Arctic Information

Arctic Climate Primer

This informative site provides basic information that defines the Arctic region and the climate that is to be found there. Very good starting place for those trying to understand changes in climate or to understand the spread of airborne pollutants. This primer is quite comprehensive and accurate. The reading level should be suitable for middle school students. This site could be broken up across individuals or groups and each group could report on what they have learned here.

Earth and Space Sciences Standard 1: Understands atmospheric processes and the water cycle
Geography Physical Systems Standard 7: Understands the physical processes that shape patterns on Earth's surface


Where Did Arctic People Get Metal?

For students in grades 5-8, this factually accurate site talks about archeological finds in the Arctic and traces how early Arctic people might have gotten the metal for the implements found. Easy-to-read and interesting, this site is a nice complement to studies of older civilizations.

Life Sciences Standard 6: Understands relationships among organisms and their physical environment
Geography Places and Regions Standard 4: Understands the physical and human characteristics of place
Geography Places and Regions Standard 6: Understands that culture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions
Geography Human Systems Standard 9: Understands nature, distribution and migration of human populations


Amblin' to Alaska

This site illustrates a current theory of how the New World might have become populated. Find out how the Ice Age may have helped human migration. Geared to students in grades 5-8, it provides lots of interesting facts.

Life Sciences Standard 6: Understands relationships among organisms and their physical environment
Geography Places and Regions Standard 4: Understands the physical and human characteristics of place
Geography Human Systems Standard 9: Understands nature, distribution and migration of human populations


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Quick Peek!
 

 

Man standing in tundra at edge of sea ice with his back to the camera and blue sky over the ice and water.

A scientist from the NOAA Arctic Field Party watches the ice melt and break up on the north shore of Tigvariak Island in the Summer of 1949. From NOAA Corps Collection. Photographer: Rear Admiral Harley D. Nygren, NOAA Corps (ret.)

 
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Quick Fact!
 

The southern limit of the arctic region is commonly placed at the Arctic Circle (latitude 66 degrees, 32 minutes North). The Arctic Circle is an imaginary line that marks the latitude above which the sun does not set on the day of the summer solstice (usually 21 June) and does not rise on the the day of the winter solstice (usually 21 December).

Find out more by choosing the Arctic Climate Primer.

 
 
 
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