Angle of Insolation! Learn what drives climate!

Angle of Insolation! Learn what drives climate!
Angle of Insolation! Learn what drives climate!
Angle of Insolation! Learn what drives climate!
Angle of Insolation! Learn what drives climate!
Angle of Insolation! Learn what drives climate!
Angle of Insolation! Learn what drives climate!
Angle of Insolation! Learn what drives climate!
Angle of Insolation! Learn what drives climate!
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The Earth's temperature is driven by angle of insolation. This is a fairly simply concept: the sun's light does not strike the surface at a right angle in most locations. Rather, it strikes it at an oblique angle, and it is this angle that causes different areas to experience different temperatures. This is a required topic for the New York Regents exam, and also in many earth science curricula. It is also a useful topic for astronomy classes, helping to explain climate mechanisms when modeling other planets.

It is a hands-on activity your kids will love, and includes questions and instructions to build the equipment that you can easily incorporate into your lesson. Accept no substitutes!

This is part of a series of lessons on Earth Science and Astronomy.


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