Lab 5: (Geologic) Timing Is Everything!

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 develop a timeline of Earth's geologic history. In Part B, they take a section of their timeline that encompasses the data taken from Expedition 341--the Neogene-Quaternary time period.

After completing this Lab, students should be able to answer the following questions:

  • What major events in Earth's geologic history shaped our planet and enabled life to evolve?
  • What were the major climate events during the past 23 million years?
  • How does the scope of human civilization compare to the entirely of geologic time?
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