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An abrupt global climate change event in Earth history- Evidence from the ocean
Kevin Theissen, University of St. Thomas (MN)
Students work in pairs to explore and synthesize key paleoceanographic evidence for the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM)as found in marine sediment cores collected and analyzed during Ocean Drilling Program ...

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Topic: Paleoclimatology, Marine Geology

Exploring El Niño
Kevin Theissen, University of St. Thomas (MN)
In this introductory-level lab activity, students first view a 20-minute portion of an informative video to learn about the operation of an array of moored buoys that is used to detect changes in the El Niño ...

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Topic: Marine Geology, Paleoclimatology

Tree Ring Data and Environmental Variables
Erica Bigio, The University of Arizona
This activity uses Bristlecone pine tree-ring data to understand how tree growth is related to environmental variables. It can be used to test hypotheses about how tree growth has been increasing with increasing ...

Topic: Paleoclimatology

Earth Science in the News Investigation
Alex Lechler, Pacific Lutheran University
This is a writing assignment intended to get to students to think about the relevance of Earth Science to their everyday lives. Students are asked to read a short news article, selecting 1 of 3 articles provided as ...

Topic: Paleoclimatology, Geomorphology

El Nino activity
Erica Bigio, The University of Arizona
This activity is similar to one of the El Nino Activities in the collection, but this uses a good mapping website. This can be done at home or in class as a team of two students (with a laptop).

Topic: Paleoclimatology

Glacial Evidence in the Andes Mountains, Peru
Les Hasbargen, SUNY College at Oneonta
This exercise brings the students to a landscape in the Peruvian Andes in Google Earth, where some alpine and niche glaciers still exist. Their task is to determine glacial extent in the past, and infer the kind of ...

Topic: Paleoclimatology, Geomorphology


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