Paleoclimate influence on landscape evolution
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This page first made public: May 10, 2017
Last Glacial Maximum
Higher order thinking skills goals
Description and analysis of landforms
Recognition of similar features in different landscapes and on different planets.
Other skills goals
Context for Use
Type and level of course
I've used this primarily in outreach activities to secondary education teachers, but this could easily be adapted for higher and lower levels of education.
Skills and concepts students should have mastered
Not much. Based on audience you could reduce the amount of information provided in which case you might want students to understand issues of paleoclimatology and perhaps a little bit about glacial geomorphology.
How the activity is situated in the course
As above, I have not used this in a course, primarily used for outreach.
Description and Teaching Materials
Paleoclimate influence on landscape evolution (Acrobat (PDF) 636kB May8 17)
Teaching Notes and Tips
Steps 4 + 5 are meant for the participants to first recognize that Alaska is a colder climate today than Pennsylvania. The maps of glacial deposits in PA should lead them to understand that PA was colder in the past including with glaciers as in AK today. Thus, landforms in PA (may have) formed in the past when the PA climate was colder - a modern landform as a legacy of the past.
The final step is to tie all that has been learned her to imagery from Mars showing similar landforms, to conclude that therefore similar processes may be extant or have been active on Mars.