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Development of a Landscape

Often, the most useful structure for an Earth history course focuses on more concrete (and often local) examples of uplift, deposition, erosion, etc., rather than teaching the history of the whole Earth all at once.

A complex landscape a lake in a valley in the Rockies

Suggestions for teaching Earth history using landscape development include:

One interesting feature of this approach is that it not only reduces the geographic scale of the course, but also the temporal scale. If one were teaching "Geology of Minnesota", the course would cover only parts of the Archean, the Proterozoic, the Cambrian, the Ordovician, the Devonian, the Cretaceous, and the Late Quaternary.

A secondary consideration is internal ordering of the course topics. Should you take the formations in the order of deposition, or deal with the region geographically?

Here is a list of Starting Point Field Lab examples with an Earth history component.

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