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Life-Hosting Rocks

Julia Kahmannn-Robinson, PhD University of Utah and Marjorie A. Chan, PhD University of Utah
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Summary

This learning module and related laboratory exercise exposes students to the types of lithologies on Earth that host life and the sedimentary processes that formed them.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

Context for Use

This learning module is meant for adaptation in an introductory earth science course and/or planetary science course. Students need a prior knowledge of minerals before going through this module. Provide an understanding of grain sorting and sedimentary structures resulting from varying energy in the system (Ex: low energy = laminations; cross-bedding = higher energy system).

Description and Teaching Materials

In-Class Activity

Homework/Lab

Teaching Notes and Tips

The In-Class Activities can be utilized as homework as well. The activity is designed as such that students can effectively complete the activity at home.

Assessment

Each In-Class Activity and Homework has its own method of assessment.

References and Resources

  1. Image file: Life-Hosting Rocks (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 22.2MB Jan20 14)
  2. Swelling clay-rich soil demonstration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACpuYED9WkU
  3. Ripple-formation video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRGuMddjRGg&list=PL17AFB4B8AB3DCCF7
  4. Laminar-flow video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3YZ5veN_Bg