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Focus on Climate Change
View our climate-related videos:
• Explore our Wilkes Land and PEAT expedition videos on our YouTube channel, which delve into interesting past climates on Earth.
• Visit the JODIES Resolution Video Page and search for “climate”
• Watch the videos about coring for evidence of climate change in extreme environments:
Check out these activities for middle and high school students:
• In Secrets of the Sediments students graph and analyze isotope data from sediments collected off the coast of Santa Barbara, California to determine whether this information can be used to study historical climate change. This is just one of the activities presented on the back of our Microfossils Poster.
• A Tale of Two Teeth is an exploratory inquiry-based activity about what the presence and location of fossils can tell us about past climate conditions.
• Mohawk Guy is another great classroom activity related to climate change that gets them looking for extinction patterns in microfossil data.
• Have students use A Reader’s Guide to Climate Change along with Climate Change Highlights to learn about and analyze some of the important paleoclimate research that has been done.
For college level educators:
• The textbook Reconstructing Earth’s History (Wiley) has several FREE chapters that can be downloaded and used:
1. Chapter 2: Seafloor Sediments
2. Chapter 3: Microfossils and Biostratigraphy
3. Chapter 11: Anarctica and Neogene Global Climate Change
4. Chapter 12: Interpreting Antarctic Sediment Cores: A Record of Dynamic Neogene Climate
• Explore these activities about natural climate cycles: High Resolution Marine Ice Core and Marine Sediment Records: Archives of Orbital Oscillations (Milankovitch Cyclicity) in Climate and Inquiry into High-Resolution Ice Core and Marine Sediment Records: Archives of Suborbital (Millennial) Oscillations in Climate.
• To learn more about gas hydrates, which contributed to the Paleocene/Eocene thermal maximum (PETM), a time of extremely hot conditions on Earth about 55 million years ago, check out our Bolt from the Blue poster.
• And speaking of the PETM, look at our PETM curriculum, a set of 5 activities exploring the evidence and background information about this unusual time period.
Models and Teaching Kits:
o Cretaceous Impact Kit has students work with core models or images and interactive pieces to unravel the extinction event that took place 65 million years ago
o Glacial / Interglacial Core Model and supplemental resources (soon to be a kit) comes from an earlier expedition in North America that helped build a timeline of climate change over the last several million years.
o Palmer Deep Core Model and supplemental resources (soon to be a kit) shows seasonal deposition over time in the Antarctic Peninsula.
o Paleocene-Eocence Thermal Maximum (PETM) core model from S. Atlantic shows the dramatic change in climate initiated by a rapid release of carbon causing ocean acidification.
o Saanich Inlet core model records evidence of catastrophic flooding events in the Pacific Northwest at the end of the Pleistocene and early Holocene.
To search for more resources related to this topic, go to our Educator Resources page.