Microfossils: The Ocean's Storytellers

This poster shows several different images of microfossils, taken through microscopes. The microfossils were found in cores recovered by the scientific ocean drilling vessel, JOIDES Resolution.

When a core is brought up on deck, scientists look at these slides to identify the microfossils found in cores and determine the age of the sediment, as well as something about Earth’s past climate. The activities on the back of the Microfossils poster simulate the identification and use of these microfossils to examine past climate change and Earth history.

Download the Microfossils: The Ocean’s Storytellers poster, with activities on the back< (PDF, 4.5 MB)

National Science Education Standards Suitable for Grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12, and undergraduate.

National Science Education Standards-- Primary Standard C: Life Science Secondary Standard D: Earth and Space Science.

A copy of the Microfossils: The Ocean’s Storytellers poster is available free of charge by e-mailing education@joidesresolution.org<.



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