Bring relative dating principles to life with the activity Rock layers and relative dating. Students begin by observing a photograph and a diagram of rock layers near Whanganui, watch an animation about how the layers were formed, then use an interactive labelling diagram to work out the order in which the rocks were created. The activity offers literacy opportunities as well as practice using the science capability 'Interpret representations' Description. is a hands on exercise which introduces students to the concepts of sequencing and using fossils to establish relative dates for rock strata. In the first part of the activity, students Google Slides™. This Google Slides activity allows students to drag and drop the fossils into the correct rock layer digitally, which is perfect for virtual students. Students are given clues to From the Author of Bossy Brocci Math & Big Science workbooks on Amazon.=====Students will:1) Complete note-taking and illustrations using two verbal-visual Graphic Organizers · Description of the activity/assignment. When standing in front of an outcrop, geoscientists use relative dating principles to determine the sequence of events that ... read more
The metamorphic schist 16 is the oldest rock formation and the cross-cutting granite intrusion 17 is younger. As seen in the figure, the other layers on the walls of the Grand Canyon are numbered in reverse order with 15 being the oldest and 1 the youngest [ 4 ].
This illustrates the principle of superposition. The Grand Canyon region lies in Colorado Plateau, which is characterized by horizontal or nearly horizontal strata, which follows the principle of original horizontality. These rock strata have been barely disturbed from their original deposition, except by a broad regional uplift.
Because the formation of the basement rocks and the deposition of the overlying strata is not continuous but broken by events of metamorphism, intrusion, and erosion, the contact between the strata and the older basement is termed an unconformity. An unconformity represents a period during which deposition did not occur or erosion removed rock that had been deposited, so there are no rocks that represent events of Earth history during that span of time at that place.
Unconformities appear in cross-sections and stratigraphic columns as wavy lines between formations. Unconformities are discussed in the next section. There are three types of unconformities, nonconformity, disconformity, and angular unconformity. A nonconformity occurs when sedimentary rock is deposited on top of igneous and metamorphic rocks as is the case with the contact between the strata and basement rocks at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
The strata in the Grand Canyon represent alternating marine transgressions and regressions where sea level rose and fell over millions of years.
When the sea level was high marine strata formed. When sea-level fell, the land was exposed to erosion creating an unconformity. In the Grand Canyon cross-section, this erosion is shown as heavy wavy lines between the various numbered strata. This is a type of unconformity called a disconformity , where either non-deposition or erosion took place.
In other words, layers of rock that could have been present, are absent. The time that could have been represented by such layers is instead represented by the disconformity. Disconformities are unconformities that occur between parallel layers of strata indicating either a period of no deposition or erosion. The Phanerozoic strata in most of the Grand Canyon are horizontal. However, near the bottom horizontal strata overlie tilted strata. This is known as the Great Unconformity and is an example of an angular unconformity.
The lower strata were tilted by tectonic processes that disturbed their original horizontality and caused the strata to be eroded. Later, horizontal strata were deposited on top of the tilted strata creating an angular unconformity. No objective evaluation, however, these questions should be addressed: Did each group discover a principle, and invent a name for it? Was each group able to describe the use of their principle?
Did any classroom discussion ensue in agreement or disagreement with efforts of particular groups? See more Activities ». get involved archive. Your Account. Relative Age-dating -- Discovery of Important Stratigraphic Principles Roger Steinberg. This activity is part of the On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Activities collection and has been reviewed by 1 other review process. This page first made public: May 23, Summary Students don't have to be passively taught the important principles geologists use to do relative age-dating of rocks and geologic events.
Introductory Historical Geology course typically includes a few majors, but primarily non-majors. Assumes practically no prior skills or knowledge. Students will have completed a 3-hour laboratory introducing reviewing minerals and rocks prior to this classroom exercise, and will have a handout of common lithologic symbols used for geologic maps and cross sections.
Used very early in the Semester, during the development of the principles and concepts used by geologists to determine relative age relationships of rocks and geologic events. Students discover principles, from real and simulated examples, used for relative age-dating of rocks and geologic events. See more Activities ». Your Account. Relative Dating with Art Jennifer Cholnoky. This activity is part of the On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Activities collection. This page first made public: Oct 6, Summary This activity asks students to make observations of an artwork and to deduce the sequence of events or processes that occurred during the creation of the piece.
introductory physical geology course for both majors and non-majors; intermediate level interdisciplinary science literacy course. Assumes no prior knowledge. This activity is done during a unit on relative dating midway through the semester. It has been used both as an introduction to the topic and as an activity within the unit.
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Description. is a hands on exercise which introduces students to the concepts of sequencing and using fossils to establish relative dates for rock strata. In the first part of the activity, students · In a typical Historical Geology class or textbook, instructors/authors briefly discuss the important early researchers in the geological sciences, and then give the name of the the law of superposition and radioactive dating. Prior Knowledge Needed by the Students Students need to be able to use a digital scale to accurately measure mass. Students need to Missing: online activity · Description of the activity/assignment. When standing in front of an outcrop, geoscientists use relative dating principles to determine the sequence of events that Google Slides™. This Google Slides activity allows students to drag and drop the fossils into the correct rock layer digitally, which is perfect for virtual students. Students are given clues to From the Author of Bossy Brocci Math & Big Science workbooks on Amazon.=====Students will:1) Complete note-taking and illustrations using two verbal-visual Graphic Organizers ... read more
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