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Artificial Outcrops Give Real Experience in Interpreting a Geologic History: The CMUland Group Project for Historical Geology Courses part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Kathleen C. Benison
A basic goal of historical geology courses is for students to gain an understanding of the methods, theories, and logic used in interpreting geologic histories. This is traditionally taught as a ...

College student conceptions of geological time and the disconnect between ordering and scale part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Julie C. Libarkin, Josepha P. Kurdziel, Steven W. Anderson
College student conceptions of the scale of geologic time and the relationships between time and geological or biological events were evaluated through interviews, open-ended questionnaires, and ...

Philosophy in the Field part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Robert Frodeman
Understanding of geologic time extends one's human-scaled sense of time. One's sense of time determines the type and manner of things we think are real and important. If we see ourselves as ...

Science Policy part of SERC Print Resource Collection
R. A. Jr. Pielke
Science policy involves consideration of two fundamental human activities: science and policy. People make decisions of valued outcomes, so thinking about science policy necessarily implicates ...

The Two-Mile Time Machine: Ice Cores, Abrupt Climate Change, and our Future part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Richard B. Alley
Alley studies ice cores like those from Greenland which contain both paleoclimate information and annual layers. According to these, the Earth has recently (last 10-14,000 years) undergone very rapid ...

Mass Extinction Debates: How Science Works in a Crisis part of SERC Print Resource Collection
William Glen
This is a history of science project documenting a controversy as it unfolds. The controversy in question is whether the K/T extinction was caused by catastrophic volcanism or an asteroid impact. ...

Earth history on the gridiron part of SERC Print Resource Collection
S.T. LoDuca, C.F. Ojala
This article details the use of a football field as a metaphor for geologic time and includes several diagrams emphasizing different kinds of Earth history events, such as major periods of ...

Measuring student understanding of geological time part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Jeff Dodick, Nir Orion
This paper includes a copy and an assessment of the GeoTAT, a test of students' aptitude to understand geologic time, particularly their ability to work out stratigraphic relationships and to ...

Collaborative learning in an upper-division university geobiology course part of SERC Print Resource Collection
M. Savarese
The paleontology course described in this article has fully half of the lecture time devoted to group projects: reviewing original literature, engaging in debate, working with data sets and solving ...

When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of all Time part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Michael J. Benton
This book deals with the mass extinction at the end of the Permian. It includes a vivid description of the 19th and 20th century controversies about catastrophism and the K/T extinction. The author ...

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