REVEALING TEMPERATURE INVERSION THROUGH ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
Environmental education refers to organized efforts to teach about how natural
environments function, how human beings can manage their environment, ecosystem and to
determine some properties of the environment in order to live sustainably. One of the main
aims of environmental education is a learning process that increases people’s knowledge and
awareness about the ecological properties of environment through the distribution of plants
characterizing the ecological properties of a given area. It can be called outdoor education
and environmental education. Some special plants mostly trees and shrubs clearly show
some important aspects of the natural environment assessment. For example, temperature
inversion occurring in depressions can reveal the distribution of trees that resist against the
given temperature. If black pine (Pinus nigra) occurs in the bottom of depression and red
pine (Pinus brutia) is widespread above black pine (Pinus nigra) in the upper part of the
depression it can be stated that temperature inversion takes place in such depression.
Because the resistance of Pinus nigra against cold is higher than Pinus brutia. In order to
assess the existence of temperature inversion in Ovacik depression located in the Boz
Mountains, Aegean Region is visited with a group of students. The bottom land of Ovacik
depression, which is at an elevation of 800 m, is the main occurrence areas of Pinus nigra,
while the upper part of the depression at an elevation of 1000-1200 m is the main spreading
areas of pure Pinus brutia, Pinus brutia and Pinus nigra mixed forests. This situation clearly
reflects the temperature inversion occurring in winter and early spring periods.
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