Tracking Global Climate Change: Microfossil Record of the Planetary Heat Pump

Paul Loubere, Learning from the Fossil Record

This lesson plan integrates physics, biology, and geology to understand planetary processes that contribute to climate change through time. The plan includes a hands-on activity that demonstrates heat transfer as well as uses figures and charts to demonstrate how foraminifera (shelled microorganisms)can be used to interpret past climates.

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Subject: Biology:Microbiology, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Activities:Classroom Activity, Lab Activity
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12), Middle (6-8), College Upper (15-16)
Topics: Biosphere, Microbiology, Human Dimensions/Resources, Climate
Theme: Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Climate Change, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Atmospheric ScienceKeyword: foram