This poster highlights the pathway one microbiologist and her colleagues follow to unravel the mystery of what is living in the rocks and sediments that make up the ocean floor.
Lab groups can work together to examine high resolution photos and data from four cores taken at various depths in this first-of-its-kind complete section of oceanic crust. This poster includes background information and five classroom activities on the back.
The Glacial Interglacial Core Model contains evidence of a shift from an interglacial to a glacial period approximately 0.9 million years ago. This core can be loaned out for your educational needs.
These educational activities are designed to support mastery of the College and Career Readiness anchor standards identified in the Common Core State Standards for English & Literacy in Science (http://www.corestandards.org/assets/CCSSI_ELA%2 0Standards.pdf). We provide sample reading, writing and activity prompts focused on “Tales of the Resolution,” a series of graphic novels about the JOIDES Resolution (JR), the scientific ocean drilling ship operated by the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP).
Present students with this data set of microbial phyla from the deep biosphere and guide them to identify patterns then form and test multiple hypotheses about the questions they generate. Then they reflect on the elements of "doing science" they experienced and use the Science Flow Chart to document the process they engaged in and share what they would do next.