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Earth Sciences

Research tips & resources for Noah Hughes' classes

Sample Research Questions

Research Topic: What is lightning--really?

Research Questions:

  1. What is lightning? (general description, heat, speed, duration, frequency, where it occurs geographically, etc.)
  2. What causes lightning? (how lightning is formed)
  3. What are some of the consequences of lightning? (to human safety, atmospheric composition, etc.)

 

Research Topic: Why is the seawater temperature off the California coast so cool?

Research Questions:

  1. How does the water temperature along California's coast compare with areas of similar latitude?
  2. What process causes the water to be so cold? (i.e. where does the cold water come from?)
  3. What are some important effects of all this cold water along our coast?

 

Are you having difficulty thinking of your three questions? Frequently, a topic can be broken down into three basic questions:

  1. What is it?
  2. What causes it?
  3. What are its consequences/effects?