Coastline Change

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Continental drift happens over millions of years, but new perspective shows much faster changes. An informative resource offers a short term perspective using a series of satellite images. Viewers observe major changes to a coastline in a little more than 30 years' time. This leads to discussions relating winds, waves, currents, tides, and the movement of sand to each of the observations.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Select some of the discussion questions to use as written responses as a type of assessment
  • Encourage scholars to design an experiment or model to demonstrate the movement of sand they observed
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of Cape Cod, coastlines, and weathering

  • Links to many other fascinating lessons
  • Materials easily adjust higher or lower academic levels depending on the needs of learners

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