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Standard 3

Students will understand the atmospheric processes that support life and cause weather and climate.

Objective 1

Relate how energy from the Sun drives atmospheric processes and how atmospheric currents transport matter and transfer energy.

  • Activities and Teaching Suggestions for Plate Tech
    Brief explanation and diagram of the theory of how the earth's crust changes over time.
  • Atmospheric Sciences Data Center
    Atmospheric information from NASA.
  • Earth's Radiation Budget Facts
    The Earth's climate system constantly tries to maintain a balance between the energy that reaches the Earth from the Sun and the energy that is emitted to space. Scientists refer to this process as Earth's "radiation budget".
  • EPA: Ozone Depletion
    Learn the basics. Become an expert in skin protection; learn about products that are harmful to the ozone layer, and what to use instead.
  • Fossils and Geologic Time
    This lesson is designed to help students understand the development of the geologic time scale. It also introduces students to the major time periods in earth's history, as well as to the role fossils play in helping us understand this history.
  • Geology: Plate Tectonics
    Learn about the history and mechanisms of plate tectonics. Contains several large but good animations.
  • The Sun
    Statistics of the most prominent feature in our solar system.

UEN logo - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialist - Richard  Scott and see the Science - Secondary website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - Jennifer  Throndsen.

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