What Happens When You Zap Coral With The World's Most Powerful X-ray Laser?

By examining coral skeletons with powerful X-ray technology, scientists are able to track climate change before written records were produced. Learn how in a fascinating video short video.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Discuss other ways of tracking past weather such as ice cores and tree rings
  • Debate if coral reefs are a natural resource that should be protected or something nice to have but not necessary for the health of the planet
Classroom Considerations

  • Video fits when teaching environmental science, ocean habitats, technology, and climate change
Pros

  • Provides subtitles for ELLs
  • High-definition video enchants viewers with bright colors and rarely observed details
Cons

  • None