Changing Planet: Fading Corals
The delicate balance of life and environment which sustains coral reefs globally is under threat. The dramatic increase in atmospheric CO2 in the past few decades has produced an increase in ocean temperature and acidity. Coral diseases have also been on the increase, due to changes in their environment as well as pollution.
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Lesson plan: Changing Planet: Fading Corals
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is a fun group game appropriate for the classroom. Players follow nitrogen atoms through living and nonliving parts of the nitrogen cycle. For grades 5-9.
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