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Introduce your young meteorologists to black carbon produced by the burning of fossil fuels by showing the video, "Changing Planet: Black Carbon." Viewers discover that deposition of this carbon on polar ice impacts the absorption of sunlight and increases heat in the atmosphere. Learners then simulate this phenomenon in a lab activity comparing the heat produced on paper samples containing increasing amounts of black dots. This is a timely and telling investigation to include in your earth science curriculum.