Inferring Ancient Environments

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP)
Summary:Each student will use a reference diagram of fossil foraminifera with their paleo-water-depth assignments to interpret the water-depth of a particular area of California during the geologic past. The model of paleoenvironments and the species found in the samples are based on actual work by Ingle (1980) and Olson (1990). The reconstruction of Miocene environments is applied to the petroleum industry by looking for potential reservoir rock and source rock.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 2; Big Idea 3; Big Idea 6
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.A; ESS3.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS3-1; MS-ESS2-2; MS-ESS3-1
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Scale, proportion, and quantity
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; fossil; high school; middle school; paleontology
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