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View Resource Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Based in Berlin, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) was established in 1994 as a research institute administered by the Max Planck Society. The researchers at the MPIWG ask questions that include "How did the fundamental scientific concepts (e.g. number, force, heredity, probability and practices (e.g. experiment, proof, classification) develop in specific historical...

View Resource Who's on First: A Relative Dating Activity

In this activity, students are introduced to sequencing and geologic time through relative dating techniques. Students begin by categorizing cards of nonsense words, then move on to cards with pictures of fossils. Once students begin to grasp "relative" dating, they can extend their knowledge of geologic time by exploring radiometric dating and developing a timeline of Earth's history. There is a...

View Resource The Chesapeake Bay Bolide: Modern Consequences of an Ancient Cataclysm

This report provides an overview of the Chesapeake Bay bolide and how it influenced the formation of the modern bay. Introductory material discusses what a bolide is, types of impact craters, and recent impacts that have generated public interest. The discussion continues with evidence of the late Eocene Chesapeake Bay impact, including seismic data, characteristic minerals, and the discovery of...

View Resource Web Geologic Time Scale

The University of California-Berkeley Museum of Paleontology has recently updated its Web Geologic Time Scale, an online feature that helps users learn about the geologic timeline and explore related museum exhibits. The familiar geologic timeline appears on the main page of the Web site, with hypertext links for each division of time. Every page of the Web Geologic Time Machine site is liberally...

View Resource Prospecting for Gold in the United States

This United States Geological Survey (USGS) publication discusses gold prospecting in the US. The history of prospecting is covered, as well as where in the US gold can still be found and accounts of successful gold mining. Deposits of gold are also explained, including placer deposits and lode gold. Selected references for additional reading are given.

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