Black Ice - A Slippery Arctic Road

Type of Resource



In this series of activities students investigate the effects of black carbon on snow and ice melt in the Arctic. The lesson begins with an activity that introduces students to the concept of thermal energy and how light and dark surfaces reflect and absorb radiant energy differently. To help quantify the relationship between carbon and ice melt, the wet lab activity has students create ice samples both with and without black carbon and then compare how they respond to radiant energy while con

Performance Expectations

HS-ESS2-4   Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.