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Observe global vegetation growth and global rainfall totals over the course of one year through maps and videos based on NASA satellite data for the year 2015. This data set offers a specific example of how Earth’s biosphere and hydrosphere interact. Visualizing and comparing information on the amount of precipitation and vegetation enable students to observe patterns and reveal cause and effect relationships.
To view the Background Essay, Student Handout, and Teaching Tips for this media gallery, go to Support Materials below. This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA. Click here for the full collection of resources.