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Climate Analysis Using Planktonic Foraminifera

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Overview:
Students manipulate, plot, and interpret data on the occurence of a particular species of foraminifera in the fossil record in order to infer changes in climate during the last 160,000 years.

Author/Source:
Olson, Hilary

Grade level:
6-8

Time:
40-50 minutes

Concepts:
Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.

  • Fossils provide evidence of past life. (LS4.A)

  • Scientists use fossils to learn about past life. (LS4.A, ESS1.C)

  • Scientists can test ideas about events and processes long past, very distant, and not directly observable.

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