Antarctica: Twilight zone

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What causes the length of day and night to change in the Twilight Zone?

This extended resource is designed for Year 7 Earth and Space students who are learning about daylight hours. It covers the changing seasons, location and latitude, climate and more. You will find starter and plenary activities, practical investigation guides, suggested solutions and students worksheets, all mapped to the curriculum and themed around Antarctica.

Aurora at Auster Islands. Credit: Cormac Cullen / Australian Antarctic Division

In this sequence of learning, students will find out about the significant variation in sunlight hours that occur across Antarctica in comparison to other locations on Earth. They will interpret graphs of daylight hours and compare hours of daylight and darkness received by places at different locations across Antarctica, Australia and the world. Students will investigate the relationship between a locality, the hours of daylight it receives and its temperature range. They will also investigate the reasons for variability of sea ice coverage around Antarctica and find out what causes the changes in seasons across Earth.

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This resource is supported by the Australian Antarctic Division.

The Royal Institution of Australia is the official education partner of the Australian Antarctic Division.

Years: 7


Earth and Space Sciences: The Solar System, The Changing Earth

Additional: Careers, Maths, Technology.

Concepts (South Australia):

Earth and Space Sciences: Earth in Space