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The National Park Service brings you information on geologic time and how we tell the age of the Earth. Learn about fundamental geologic concepts, view a geologic time module, view a video on the Big Ideas in Geoscience, and look at fossils and rocks throughout geologic time.
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This activity book for students ages 5-12 (around grades K-7) from the National Park Service's Junior Paleontologist Program presents facts, photographs, and games alongside more than a dozen activities exploring Earth's history, ancient plants and animals, and the changes in environment over time....
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Geologic time can be difficult for people to understand. Our own lives are so short when we compare them to the age of the Earth, that the hundreds of millions of years of geologic time are almost too much to grasp. But for us to understand Earth activities today, we must have at least some basic...
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Published in 2018
Any evidence of past life preserved in a geologic context, such as within rock or sediment, is called a fossil. In this activity, you will work as a paleontologist -- a scientist who studies fossils to understand ancient landscapes, climate, and life on Earth — to find and identify fossils. The...
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Fossil Butte National Monument preserves an extraordinarily high amount of fossils that are well-preserved. These fossils are here thanks to Fossil Lake which existed 52 million years ago. The lake's bottom was quite salty and lacked oxygen which differs from the lake's freshwater, oxygenated...
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Becoming a fossil is not easy. This activity takes students through the process of becoming a fossil.
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The Fossilization Game is a role-playing fantasy activity that helps children understand fossilization processes. Students should be able to identify the conditions necessary for fossilization: hard parts (organisms that possess these have a much better chance of fossilization), rapid burial, and...
Grade Level   K 1 2
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