Seasons Project answers questions


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You can track the changing seasons for yourself. Try writing down in a notebook every day what time it gets light out, or what time it gets dark, where you live. You should do it for at least a month to be able to see the time change. Graph the times on a line graph. Are the days getting longer or shorter? Why is that?

On this website, you can see when the sun comes up in different places. Try tracking the sunrise at the South Pole, halfway between the South Pole and the Equator (in Christchurch, New Zealand), at the Equator (in Nairobi, Kenya), half-way between the Equator and the North Pole (in Salem, Oregon), and at the North Pole (close enough at Oqsuqtooq, Canada). (Or use towns where you know people, and ask them to write down the time that the sun comes up.) Make a graph showing separate lines for each place. What differences do you see? Why?

Another project to explain the seasons
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Professor Carr

Karen Eva Carr, PhD.
Assoc. Professor Emerita, History
Portland State University

Professor Carr holds a B.A. with high honors from Cornell University in classics and archaeology, and her M.A. and PhD. from the University of Michigan in Classical Art and Archaeology. She has excavated in Scotland, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, and Tunisia, and she has been teaching history to university students for a very long time.

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