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What is the Lithosphere?

Reading Module

A short reading by the Aspen Global Change Institute that summarizes what the lithosphere or geosphere is. This resource can be used as an introduction to the topic by teachers interested in teaching about climate change and the role of the geosphere.

This reading includes overview discussions on the following topics:

  1. What is the Geosphere?
  2. How does the geosphere interact in the earth system?
  3. How do humans interact with the geosphere?

The reading also includes a short journal activity.

Students will understand what the geosphere is. They will also understand about climate change and the role of the lithosphere or geosphere.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is the lithosphere or geosphere?
  2. Discuss climate change and the role of the lithosphere.
About Tool
Tool Name The Geosphere
Discipline Earth Sciences, Geography, Environmental Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Climate Change Overview, Lithosphere
Climate Topic Climate and the Lithosphere, Climate Literacy, Introduction to Climate Change
Type of tool Reading
Grade Level Middle School, High School
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Aspen Global Change Institute
Hosted at Aspen Global Change Institute website
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic


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