Connections to Other Museum Halls

Continue your exploration of climates throughout the Museum. Here are some good places to look.

Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth

Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth
© AMNH / Craig Chesek
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Refer to the worksheet: Explore Climate Change in the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth (PDF)

  • "Earth Cycles" wall: Examine diagrams of the rock, water, and carbon cycles to learn more about how carbon and energy are connected in these three Earth cycles.

  • "What Causes Climate and Climate Change?" wall: The long panel on one side illustrates how solar energy circulates through the atmosphere, and the ocean-atmosphere connection. A video in the middle of the panel explains the dramatic effects of El Niño on weather patterns. Opposite, check out the different kinds of evidence of past climate change (an ice core, tree rings, glacial striations).

Hall of North American Mammals

Hall of North American Mammals
© AMNH / Denis Finnin
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  • "Bighorn Sheep" and "White Sheep" dioramas: Climate change affects species in many different ways. How are animals in these dioramas adapted to their environments? How might they be affected by warming temperatures?

  • "Extinct American Mammals of the Ice Age" miniature dioramas (on both sides of the main entrance): Explore regions of California and Alaska 15,000 years ago, when Earth's average temperature was much cooler than it is now. Some of these animals have vanished, while others have near relatives living in the New World. Can you name any of those relatives? Where do they live today?

North American Forests

  • "Giant Cactus Forest" and "Timberline in the Northern Rocky Mountains" dioramas: Look at the ways in which the plants in these dioramas have adapted to their environments. What changes might a warmer climate bring to the timberline?

  • "Stories a Stump Can Tell" display: Scientists study tree rings like the ones in this case for evidence of past climate. What factors besides climate can affect tree growth?

Warburg Hall of New York State Environment

  • "Glaciation" display: An ice sheet once covered much of New York State. What signs of glaciation can you find across the street on the rocks of Central Park?

Hall of Biodiversity

  • "Urbanization and Agriculture," "Increasing Resource Demands," "Deforestation," and "Global Environmental Change" wall panels (corridor behind the forest diorama): Examine examples of how human activities have altered global systems. Compare consumption patterns in the United States to those in other countries.

Spitzer Hall of Human Origins

  • "Life During the Ice Age" display: 15,000 years ago, humans coped with the cold in various ways. How might we change our clothing or housing, and even our ways of life, to adapt to a warmer world?
Climate Change Online Educator's Guide