Climate History from Deep Sea Sediments

This activity focuses on reconstructing the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) as an example of a relatively abrupt global warming period. Students access Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) sediment core data with Virtual Ocean software in order to display relevant marine sediments and their biostratigraphy.

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Michael Taber
Cinzia Cervato
William Ryan
Robert Arko
Doug Fils
Victor Fitzjarrald
Earth Exploration Toolbook Chapter

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Pairings of students suggested - each pair with a computer.

Might be useful to precede activity with student investigation of the PETM and its significance climatologically.

A wrap-up discussion about what students learned and how to relate these lessons to the current discussion of global warming is necessary.

Ideally educators develop the inquiry questions together with students after an introduction to the tool.