The Arctic and Antarctic

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Video summary

The Arctic and Antarctica are the air-conditioners for our planet. They take the hot air from the Tropics, cool it and send it back to the Tropics again. An increase of 0.5 degrees in average temperature at the Equator would mean an increase of as much as 4-6 degrees at the poles. This movement of heat from the equator to the poles has been following the same pattern for 10,000 years - since civilization began. Changing these patterns will affect our economy, people, crops, water supplies and pretty much everything we do.

Curriculum Mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content description: Year 9 Geography

The distribution and characteristics of biomes as regions with distinctive climates, soils, vegetation and productivity (AC9HG9K01)

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content description: Year 9 Science

Use wave and particle models to describe energy transfer through different mediums and examine the usefulness of each model for explaining phenomena

Year 9 Science Achievement Standards

By the end of Year 9, students explain how interactions within and between Earth’s spheres affect the carbon cycle.

Year 9 Geography Achievement Standards

By the end of Year 9, students explain how peoples’ activities or environmental processes change the characteristics of places. They explain the effects of human activity on environments, and the effects of environments on human activity. They explain the features of biomes’ distribution and identify implications for environments.

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