Initial Publication Date: August 13, 2014

Lab 4: Climate Clues from Sand and Mud

The lab activity was developed by Jeff Lockwood of TERC and Alison Mote of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders for the EarthLabs project.

Summary and Learning Objectives

In Part A, Students learn how particle size affects the rate of sediment deposition and how sediment layers form. In Part B, students build a physical model that shows how sediments are deposited at ocean margins during periods of glaciation by icebergs.

After completing this Lab, students should be able to:

  • Describe how particle size affects the deposition of sediments.
  • Model how sediments are deposited on ocean margins by icebergs.
  • Describe the processes that combine to produce sequences of sediments on the ocean floor.

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