Actvity Summary: During this activity, students will graph and analyze data from sediments collected off the coast of Santa Barbara, California to determine whether this information can be used to study historical climate change.



  • Standard B: Science as inquiry
  • Standard C: Physical science
  • Standard D: Life science
  • Standard E: Earth and space science

  • Patterns
  • Scale, proportion, quantity
  • Stability and change

  • Asking questions and defining problems
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions
  • Engaging in argument from evidence

  • ESS2.C The roles of water in Earth’s surface processes
  • ESS2. D Weather and climate
  • ESS2. E Biogeology
  • LS1.B Growth and development of organisms
  • LS2.A Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
  • LS2.B Cycles of matter and energy transfer in ecosystems
  • LS2.C Ecosystem dynamics, functioning, and resilience
  • LS3.A Inheritance of traits
  • LS3. B Variation of traits
  • LS4.C Adaptation