Investigation 3: What similar physical processes occur on both Earth and mars?

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Could life exist on Mars? This is a question that humans have wondered about for centuries. What physical processes on Earth led to an environment suitable for life? Do these physical processes also occur on Mars and could they also create a suitable environment for life on that planet? This investigation compares and contrasts physical processes that occur on both Earth and Mars. Students are given unidentified images of Earth and Mars. Their task is to arrange the images into pairs that show evidence of similar physical processes. Then they identify each image as being an area of Earth or an area of Mars by comparing and contrasting physical features that they observe in the image pairs.

5-8 Module 2 Investigation 3 in .pdf format

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