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Use the links below to review and assess your learning. Start with the "Important Terms and Concepts" to ensure you know the terminology related to the topic of the chapter and concepts discussed. Move on to the "Review Questions" to answer critical thinking questions about concepts and processes discussed in the chapter. Finally, test your overall understanding by taking the "Self-assessment quiz".

Additional Resources

Use these resources to further explore the world of geography


video icon "USGS Public Lecture Series: Climate Change 101 (August 2009)

audio icon Climate Connections: NPR series on global warming

video icon "Polar Warming" (PBS)  News Hour with Jim Lehrer. November 11, 2004 report on the impact of global climate change on the Arctic.

video icon Climate Change Series - (WGBH Forum Network). Six part series includes topics of global climate change and the Arctic, The Southern Ocean, The Media, Ask the Experts, Northern Forests, The Ross Ice Shelf

audio icon "Global Warming" (NPR) All things Considered Sept 11, 2003 segment about puzzling climate change data that suggests "global warming isn't following the rules".  (5:07) 

audio icon "Climate Change" (NPR) May 2004 three-part series on climate change issues facing New York City.

video icon "What's Happening to Alaska's Glaciers? Their Dynamic Response to Changing Climate and Other Factors" Dr. Bruce Molina (USGS) Descriptive Flyer pdf.


  Interactive Climate Map - M. Ritter

bullet Global Warming: Early Warning Signs


readings icon Paleoclimatology: An Introduction (NASA EOS)

readings icon Global Warming and Global Climate Change (Carnegie Mellon University)

readings icon Climate Clues in the Ice (NASA EOS)

readings icon The Warming of the Earth: A beginner's guide to global warming. (Woods Hole Research Center)

  Web Sites

web site icon National Climatic Data Center

web site icon World Climate Data Centers




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