Introduction:
 

Students have used the previous snow density lab to understand characteristics and density of snow and ice. They will now use their skills in a local snow study.

This is based on the work of Museum of the Earth's Dr. Duggan Haas: http://realearthsystemscience.blogspot.com/2011/03/whats-it-like-snow-formation-and.html

Students enjoy watching Dr. Duggan Haas in the instructional video here as an introduction: http://realearthsystemscience.blogspot.com/2011_02_01_archive.html


 

Group Size: Any
 

Learning Objectives:
 

Explain what happens to our local area as snow melts. How can this be compared to glacial retreat? How does melting ice change our local landscape?

Glaciers are large bodies of ice that move under the influence of gravity. They form part of both the rock and water cycles. Glaciers and ice sheets have shaped the landscape of the Great Lakes region. Areas that have been occupied by ice sheets are depressed. When the ice sheet is removed, the region rebounds
 

Guiding Question:
 

How can we observe our local area for glacial evidence?
 

Materials:
 

thermometer, meter stick, colored water spray (optional), shovel or brush, gloves, hat, coat
 

Procedures:
 

Students will choose an area to create a snow profile.

Take measurements and record their results.

Analyze results and answer questions.

Students can submit their data on Dr. Duggan Haas's site: http://realearthsystemscience.blogspot.com/2011_02_01_archive.html


 

Assessment:
 

Review data sheet collected.
 

Answer Key or Rubric:
 

Check data sheet for collected measurements and analysis.
 

Benchmark or Standards:
 

Glaciers are large bodies of ice that move under the influence of gravity. They form part of both the rock and water cycles. Glaciers and ice sheets have shaped the landscape of the Great Lakes region. Areas that have been occupied by ice sheets are depressed. When the ice sheet is removed, the region rebounds
 

Attached Files:
 

    LocalSnowStudy.doc 
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