The Biosphere/Climate Connection


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This article continues an examination of each of the seven essential principles of the climate sciences on which the online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle is structured. Principle 3 states that life on Earth depends on, is shaped by, and affects climate. The climate dictates where and how species can survive. The author discusses the scientific concepts underlying the life forms' dependence on the climate and expands the discussion with diagrams, photos, and online resources.

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    Grade: TK/K to 6

    Topics: Life Sciences, History-Social Science, Earth's Resources, Measurement, Tools, and Data Analysis, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Classification, Current Science, Science, Our Solar System, Instructional Strategies, Weather, Climate & Atmosphere, Earth & Space Science, Energy & Work, Ecology & Ecosystems, Nuclear Energy, Inquiry & Problem Based Learning, Geology & the Dynamic Earth, Education, Child Development & Family Services, Personal and Community Health, Heat & Thermodynamics, States of Matter (solids, liquids, gases), Professional Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Physics, Nature & Method of Science, Evolution and Adaptation, Experimentation and the Scientific Method, Structure and Function in Living Things

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