Earth and Mars Core Sampling
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This page first made public: May 1, 2008
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Students will interpret the geologic history from the deposition pattern of sediment layers, using different core samples
This lesson focuses on different kinds of sediments. The students will begin by learning how to "look" at sediments and classify them. (I provide sands from different locations around the world, silt and clays from glacial tilts and areas along the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota.) They will also learn how about how sediment layers are examined and collected in cores. The activities provide students with opportunities to gain a better understanding of the core sampling process and how the layers of sediments are studied to reveal information about Earth's history. The activity is then tied to the ocean drilling program to provide them with a global perspective on ocean drilling and the search for hydrocarbons.
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