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Part of the Antarctica: The Farthest Place Close to Home Curriculum Collection.
To conduct your investigation, work as scientists do—predict what you may discover, make observations, and record what you see. Look for patterns. Afterwards, offer hypotheses to explain those patterns. Don't worry if your hypotheses are sketchy right now; any testable hypothesis is a valid starting point. When scientists test their hypothesis and discover that their observations and data do not match their hypothesis, they redefine their investigation by improving the test and gathering more data, or refining the original hypothesis based on the new data before testing again. In your investigation, you can return to the computer program if you need to observe more details. Then revise your hypothesis or develop a new one based on each new round of observations.
Go to Antaractic Weather Stations.
Select ten weather stations, including some inland stations and some coastal stations. You may notice that the units of measurement for wind speed differ from station to station. They may be expressed as miles per hour, knots (nautical miles per hour), or kilometers per hour. This is a problem if you want to compare data from different stations, so you will need to convert to one unit for all readings. Use the conversion table below to convert your data.
1 knot = 1.15 "standard" (statute) miles per hour = 1.85 kilometers per hour
1 knot = 0.5144 meters per second = 1.85 kilometers per hour
1 kilometer per hour = 0.6214 miles per hour = 0.4470 meters per second
After recording your data on your Antarctic map answer the questions below.