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Frozen Food: How Glaciers Provide Food for Animals That Live in the Ocean

This article is from Issue Climate Change Investi-gator (Pacific Northwest Research Station) - Vol. 1 No. 2.

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In this study, the scientists studied glaciers and their nearby rivers in Alaska. The water coming from glaciers can be quite old and contain nutrients, such as carbon, that could be at least 5,000 years old. The scientists wondered if the carbon in the water was too old to be useful to animals living in the rivers and bays.

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"Science Topics" covered in this article:
  • Earth Science
  • Life Science
  • People and Science
  • Technology and Science

"Environmental Topics" covered in this article:
  • Rivers, Lakes, Streams (Students)

Regions covered in this article:
  • Pacific Northwest

Specific "Thinking About Science" Themes:
  • Scientific Topics
  • The Scientific Process
  • Uses and Benefits of Science

Specific "Thinking About the Environment" Themes:
  • Water Resources

Forest Service Stations covered in this article:
  • Pacific Northwest Research Station

NSE Standards covered in this article:
  • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry (A)
  • Diversity and adaptations of organisms (C)
  • Populations and ecosystems (C)
  • Risks and benefits (F)
  • Science and technology in society (F)
  • Science as a human endeavor (G)
  • Structure and function in living systems (C)
  • Understandings about science and technology (E)
  • Understandings about scientific inquiry (A)