A model/simulator to understand the prediction of peak global oil production, and to learn about oil as an energy source, its peak and reserves, and the economics and geopolitics of oil.
A classroom/laboratory activity to understand the carbon cycle, and to explore how human activities may affect the natural carbon cycle.
Students will run a simulation to explore how an increase in fossil fuel use will affect the natural carbon cycle, and will discuss the possible impacts on flora and fauna.
Use this tool to help your students find answers to:
- Which components in the carbon cycle act as carbon sinks?
- What are the possible impacts of deforestation on the natural carbon cycle? How might these changes affect the Earth’s climate?
About the Tool
|Tool Name||The Habitable Planet – Carbon Lab|
|Topic(s) in Discipline||Carbon Cycle, Biogeochemical Cycles, Environmental Chemistry|
|Climate Topic||Long-term Cycles and Feedback Mechanisms|
|Type of Tool||Laboratory Activity|
|Grade Level||High School|
|Developed by||Annenberg Learner|
|Hosted at||Annenberg Learner|
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