Abrupt Events of the Past 70 Million Years â Evidence from Scientific Ocean Drilling

In this 6-part activity, students learn about climate change during the Cenozoic and the abrupt changes at the Cretaceous/Paleogene boundary (65.5 million years ago), the Eocene/Oligocene boundary (33.9 million years ago), and the Paleocene/Eocene boundary (55.8 million years ago).

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Mark Leckie
Debbie Thomas
Consortium for Ocean Leadership

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Can be done in a homework or lab environment.

This is a challenging activity with solid science and practical advice on how to use the sediment cores. To do well, it will take 3 to 4 class periods with some homework assignments and require the educator to take time to familiarize her/himself thoroughly with the background material.