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Magnetic Storm

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The following resources from the companion Web site accompany this program:

Impact on Animals
This inquiry explores the question of whether a dramatic change in the Earth's magnetic field would affect creatures that rely on it during migration. (Grades 9-12)

When Compasses Point South
See a time line of reversals over the past 160 million years and find out what scientists know and don't know about magnetic field flips. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Gallery of Auroras
View a slide show of auroral displays and find answers to questions about why auroras only occur relatively near the magnetic north and south poles, why they appear in different colors, and more. (Requires Flash plug-in; non-Flash version available.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

See a Reversal
Watch a computer model simulation that illustrates what happens during a magnetic field reversal. (Requires QuickTime plug-in; non-QuickTime version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

NOVA News Minute: Magnetic Storm
Use this news clip to introduce students to a science topic related to this week's program. Available when the program airs. Transcript included. (QuickTime or RealVideo plug-in required.)

Teacher's Guide
In this classroom activity, students study the magnetic fields around different shapes of magnets. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

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Program Transcript
Complete narration for the TV program.

Teacher's Guide
Magnetic Storm
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