Concrete, asphalt, and other surfaces in urban areas absorb heat from the sun and re-radiate it. This creates what is known as a “heat island.” Urban areas tend to be 5-9 degrees warmer than surrounding rural areas because of this phenomenon.
Use the links below to research information about heat island. As you conduct your research, evaluate the source of the information. What bias might it have? Is it primary research or does it restate someone else's research?
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Heat Island Effect
Planet Power - Energy and the Environment
NASA - Welcome to the Thunder Dome
NASA - Here Comes Urban Heat
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