Climate reconstruction using Foraminifera in Deep Sea Sediments

Zach Smith, Wright Center for Science Education- Tufts University

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This Wright Center for Science Education lesson plan (PDF) uses pasta as an analog to teach students how deep sea sediments are collected and analyzed to identify different foraminifera species in order to interpret global paleo temperature change. It includes National Science Education Standards as well as background information and images, a list of materials needed, a step-by-step photo-guided walk-through of the activity, evaluation questions, and reference list.

Subject: Biology, Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biology:Microbiology, Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Depositional environments:Deep Marine Environment, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology
Resource Type: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity
Grade Level: High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14), Middle (6-8)
Topics: Biosphere:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biosphere:Ecology, Microbiology, Climate, Earth surface:Sedimentary Geology:Depositional environments:Deep Marine Environment
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Sedimentary Geology, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Climate Change, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Ecology, Atmospheric ScienceKeyword: foram