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The Climate Time Line's Resource section provides links to sources of information and references used in the particular time scale.
Image of Olympics from NPS
Following are a few general links about climate:

Photo of Olympic Mountains from NPS.


Each Resource page includes ideas for further inquiry into climate processes and their human dimension.
For example, a topic for pondering or discussion could include how climate influences:
  • Vegetation (including types, biomass, distribution)
  • Soils (including thickness, stability and nutrients)
  • Landforms (including rates of formation and loss)
  • Fires (including location, frequency, intensity)

    A related topic for exploration would be how geography can impact regional climate patterns including:

  • Precipitation (example: rainshadows on the leeward side of mountains)
  • Daily temperature flux (often more extreme in continental regions than coastal zones)
  • Seasonal changes and extremes (including temperature and precipitation)

    Other general topics for inquiry into climate variability:

  • How much time during the course of a day are you directly impacted by weather events and seasonal climate? How are you indirectly impacted?

  • Are there "microclimates" around your home or school which are warmer or cooler than "normal"?

  • What can we learn about climate variability by observing "microclimates" in our everyday life?
Let the Sun Shine In!
Image of sun from NASA's SOHO
To view near real-time images of the Sun, visit NASA's SOHO website which provides a vivid reminder of why Earth's climate system is solar powered.

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