Press release for students - A breath of fresh (1.5 million year old!) air

EGU Planet Press

From EGU  --  Scientists drilling for ice in Antarctica have been able to find ice with bubbles up to 800,000 years old, but now they want to find out what Earth’s atmosphere was like before then. Swiss-based scientist Hubertus Fischer and other researchers want to find ice that is up to 1.5 million years old, so that they can study really old air to know what the Earth’s climate was like even further in the past.

Click here for a PDF of the full kid-friendly article with an image that can be printed as a student handout or viewed online.  This article was published November 5, 2013.  This is a kids version of the EGU article: "Press Release: The oldest ice core – Finding a 1.5 million-year record of Earth’s climate".

 

Planet Press is an initiative from the European Geosciences Union (EGU) aimed at getting kids (mainly 7-11 year olds), parents, and educators interested in and engaged with up to date scientific research and news. Each Planet Press is reviewed by a scientist and educator to ensure the content is scientifically accurate and that the language used is appropriate for the 7-11 age range.  If you are an educator, these press releases can be used in the classroom to aid teaching about current subjects such as climate change or earthquakes and tsunamis, to make lessons more interesting and relevant by taking into account modern science and developments.  To see previous Planet Press articles, visit: http://www.egu.eu/education/planet-press/articles/.