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  • What is the Effect of These Aerosols?

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    • MS-ESS2-6

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    16 Questions
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    • MS-PS2-5

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    • MS-ESS2-1

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    • HS-ESS2-5

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    14 Questions
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    • MS-LS2-1

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    • MS-LS2-5

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What is the Effect of These Aerosols?

This gif shows particles in the atmosphere (called aerosols). Dust is red and orange. Sea salt is blue and black. Smoke is green. Sulfate is white.
NGSS Phenomena: A map of the globe showing dust is mostly blowing from the deserts to the west. Sea salt is blowing to the east. Smoke is mostly blowing east. Sulfate is mostly blowing east
William Putman, NASA/Goddard

1. The energy source that drives the movement in aerosols in this gif is the .

2. Ice primarily energy from .

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absorbs
transmits
reflects
inside the earth
the sun

3. If there was less ice on earth, more of the energy from would be , which would cause more ice to . This is an example of a .

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melt
inside the earth
the sun
positive feedback loop
form
absorbed
negative feedback loop
reflected

4. Why are most of the particles moving in one direction?

5. In the image below, draw a circle around the areas where most of Earth’s ice is located.

Color

Width

6. Explain what causes the ice to be found in the parts of the map that you circled.

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This fill in question aligns to the following standards

  • MS-ESS2-6

  • ESS2.D: Weather and Climate

  • ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes

This matching question aligns to the following standards

  • MS-ESS2-6

  • ESS2.D: Weather and Climate

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  • ESS2.D: Weather and Climate

  • Systems and System Models

  • MS-ESS2-6

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  • Systems and System Models

  • MS-ESS2-6

This drawing question aligns to the following standards

  • MS-ESS2-6

  • Developing and Using Models

  • ESS2.D: Weather and Climate

  • Systems and System Models

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  • Systems and System Models

  • Developing and Using Models

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