Soil Microbes and Global Warming

In this video, adapted from KUAC-TV and the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, viewers learn how one-celled organisms in permafrost may be contributing to greenhouse gas levels and global warming.

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Before viewing, give students questions to answer as they view.

Very dense text in background essay. A diagram of a feedback loop would be a good scaffold.

Since microbes get such little recognition as a contributor to climate change, this video could be a good way to show students a different perspective on how Earth's atmosphere is being altered.

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