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Michael Doig is a science teacher, web developer, and avid traveler who lives in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in Zoology and from Pace University with a Masters of Science in Teaching. He currently teaches Earth Science in a New York public high school.

First-Rate Resources For Teaching Polar Science

For the last few years, there has been an increasing awareness about global warming. Movies like An Inconvenient Truth, The 11th Hour and Antarctica: The Global Warning have brought the public face to face with climate change and the polar regions of our planet. Only a privileged few have had the pleasure of visiting the poles, but that doesn’t make teaching about them any less important. The polar ice is beautiful, mysterious and vital to our existence on this planet. The following time-lapse movie shows the Arctic Ocean’s seasonal sea ice retreat in 2007.

Polar Resources


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These are some of my favorite resources for information, images, and animations of polar activity.

Ben Saunders is currently preparing for SOUTH, the first return journey to the South Pole on foot. This 1,800-mile expedition will be the longest unsupported polar journey in history, and you can follow the build-up to the project in Ben’s weblog. His site has great links, photos, and stories about polar exploration.

Teachers Domain Polar Science Collection, newly launched page features collection of comparative glacier images adapted from the National Snow and Ice Data Center shows substantial changes in five Alaskan glacier positions over periods of 60 to 100 years. Also lesson plans and student activities on climate change.

The Cryosphere Today has loads of animations, images and historic data on the Polar Ice Caps. You can Peruse an archive of map displays of the atmospheric and radiative climatic conditions leading up to the record setting Northern Hemisphere sea ice minimum of 2007. The time-lapse animation above is from this site.

USATODAY.com, this great article features tons of links about the polar regions of our planet.

Edit: NOAA International Polar Year Site, with tons of useful information, links, and activities for polar education.

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