Dating of rocks fossils and geologic events lab

06-Sep-2017 15:36

The lab is one in which students get to work together to figure out some geologic "puzzles".

Correlating rock layers involves using techniques like index fossil correlation, superposition, and horizontal originality to piece together what happened in the past.

Students are tasked with three "mini-labs" in this class block, which are of increasing complexity.

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How can you tell the age of a rock or to which geologic time period it belongs?

One way is to look at any fossils the rock may contain. When you find layers of rocks in a cliff or hillside, younger rocks are on top of older rocks.

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Far from being data, these dates are actually interpretations of the data.

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