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Historical Geology

A study of the origin and history of the Earth and the development of life on Earth as revealed in the rocks and fossils.

Lab: Hands on investigation of the topics in Historical Geology, especially fossils, correlation, ordering geologic events and ancient environments.

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Applying Lessons Learned to the Volcanic Risk at Mt. Rainier
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In this jigsaw-method activity on subduction zone volcanism, students apply lessons learned from four historic eruptions to the volcanic hazards associated with Mt. Rainier in the Pacific Northwest.

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Geology
Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
Game
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Laurel Goodell
Date Added:
04/04/2019
Assembling a Geologic History
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Through a higher-order integration of concepts and observations, students can combine information from several field labs, all discussed in the Starting Point collection, to construct an overall geologic history of the local region. This site details the learning goals, teaching notes and materials, method of assessment, and context of use of this lab. It also provides links to additional references and resources.

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Education
Geology
Higher Education
Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
Reading
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Mary Savina
Date Added:
04/04/2019
Building-Stone Geology
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This laboratory activity gives an example of the creativity required when teaching non-native rock types. In order to study igneous and metamorphic rocks in central Florida (a huge area consisting solely of sedimentary rock), geology students examined building stones in downtown St. Petersburg. Each student picked a particular rock type used in a particular way (structure, decorative facade, etc.), performed geologic tests on it, read up on its properties, history, and uses, and prepared a paper on it. Part of the way through the project, the entire class held a walking tour, during which each students' building (and its stones) were visited, and the student studying that type of stone told the class what they had found out about it. Building on this context of use, this website describes learning goals, teaching notes and materials, methods of assessment, and additional reference and resource links for this field lab.

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Chemistry
Geology
Physical Science
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Reading
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Laura Wetzel
Rebecca Teed
Date Added:
04/04/2019
Cemetery Geology
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This field exercise determines the susceptibility of different rocks to weathering, and, using the dates on the tombstones, estimates some weathering rates. Placing the field lab in context for use, this site describes the learning goals, teaching notes and materials, assessment recommendations, and provides links to other resources and references.

Subject:
Geology
Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
Reading
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Mary Savina
Date Added:
04/04/2019
ConcepTest: Earth Timeline - Formation of the Earth
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Carefully examine the relative positions of the lettered arrows on the timeline below and estimate the ages represented by each arrow. Identify which letter corresponds most closely to the formation of Earth. a. C ...

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Education
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Date Added:
04/04/2019
ConcepTest: Earth Timeline - dinosaur extinction
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Carefully examine the relative positions of the lettered arrows on the timeline below and estimate the ages represented by each arrow. Identify which letter corresponds most closely to the extinction of the ...

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Education
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Assessment
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Date Added:
04/04/2019
ConcepTest: Earth Timeline - the fossil record
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Carefully examine the relative positions of the lettered arrows on the timeline below and estimate the ages represented by each arrow. Identify which letter corresponds most closely to the first appearance in the ...

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Education
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Assessment
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Date Added:
04/04/2019
ConcepTest: Oldest Rocks
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Carefully examine the relative positions of the lettered arrows on the timeline below and estimate the ages represented by each arrow. Identify which letter corresponds most closely to the age of the oldest known ...

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Education
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Assessment
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
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11/12/2019
ConcepTest: Rock Ages
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Match the features in the relative time diagram below with the events described in the short sentences. Assume all rocks are sedimentary unless otherwise indicated. What is the best estimate of the age of F if A is ...

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Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Date Added:
11/12/2019
Geology
Read the Fine Print
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When you ask the question “What is geology?” most people will initially respond that it is the study of rocks. This is true, but geology is also so much more than that. The truth is that geology is an intricate part of your everyday life.

Subject:
Geology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Textbook
Provider:
Lumen Learning
Provider Set:
Candela Courseware
Date Added:
04/04/2019
Historical Geology
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Geology can roughly be divided into physical geology, which studies the materials of the Earth and the processes operating in it, and historical geology, which aims at a reconstruction of the history of the Earth. Historical geology requires some knowledge of physical geology for its elucidation. (Imagine, by way of analogy, forensic scientists diagnosing cause of death as a gunshot wound, which is a historical question. It would obviously be necessary for them to know something about the behavior of guns, which would be a physical question.) However, the aim of historical geology is to understand the past, and knowledge of physical geology is merely an adjunct to this aim.

Subject:
Geology
Physical Science
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Textbook
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Wikibooks
Author:
Tim Hardcastle
Date Added:
04/04/2019
An Introduction to Geology
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This text is provided to you as an Open Educational Resource which you access online. It is designed to give you a comprehensive introduction to Geology at no or very nominal cost. It contains both written and graphic text material, intra-text links to other internal material which may aid in understanding topics and concepts, intra-text links to the appendices and glossary for tables and definitions of words, and extra-text links to videos and web material that clarifies and augments topics and concepts. Like any new or scientific subject, Geology has its own vocabulary for geological concepts. For you to converse effectively with this text and colleagues in this earth science course, you will use the language of geology, so comprehending these terms is important. Use the intra-text links to the Glossary and other related material freely to gain familiarity with this language.

Subject:
Geology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Salt Lake Community College
Author:
Cam Mosher
Chris Johnson
Matt Affolter
Paul Inkenbrand
Date Added:
12/27/2018
Review of "Biology 2e" from OpenStax
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This is a review of an OER biology textbook.This resource was reviewed by Dr. Achim D. Herrmann (Department of Geology and Geophysics, LSU).This resource is available here: https://louis.oercommons.org/courseware/6 

Subject:
Environmental Science
Geology
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Achim Herrmann
Date Added:
08/03/2020
Review of "Starting Out With Earth History" assignment
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This is a review of an assignment that can be used in a variety of introductory geology classes to introduce students to the geologcial time scale. This review is by Dr. Achim Herrmann (Department of Geology and Geophysics, LSU).The resource is here: https://louis.oercommons.org/courses/starting-out-with-earth-history

Subject:
Earth Science
Geology
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Author:
Achim Herrmann
Date Added:
08/06/2020
Starting Out With Earth History
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This activity asks students to place 6-10 events in Earth history on a timeline, first working in small groups and then as a class. Then, through questions, important points such as how certain events are dated, where humanity fits in, and so forth, can be brought up. The Starting Point website builds a context for the exercise by detailing the learning goals, teaching notes and materials (downloadable), and additional resources.

Subject:
Education
Geology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Rebecca Teed
Date Added:
04/04/2019
The Story of Earth: An Observational Guide
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An open access lab manual for historical geology

Table of Contents:

Chapter 0: Geologic Skills
Chapter 1: Plate Tectonics
Chapter 2: Earth Materials
Chapter 3: Geologic Time
Chapter 4: Sedimentary Structures
Chapter 5: Stratigraphy
Chapter 6: Fossil Preservation
Chapter 7: Fossils
Chapter 8: Paleoenvironments

Subject:
Geology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Textbook
Author:
Virginia Sisson
Daniel Hauptvogel
Date Added:
06/07/2021