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Quaternary Climate Change


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This workshop asks students to interpret fossils, rock, isotopes and pollen from the Last Ice Age.

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Quaternary Climate Change

  1. 1. Understanding Quaternary climate change<br />Scenario: <br />The students have just come back from fieldwork in East Anglia<br />Asked to:<br /><ul><li>Look at their evidence and interpret the climate and environment</li></li></ul><li>Students are asked to:<br /><ul><li>Identify rocks and fossil groups</li></li></ul><li>Students are given a graphic log of their section and asked to:<br /><ul><li>Plot oxygen isotope data agianst the log</li></ul>Approximate palaeotemperature °C<br />-10<br />0<br />10<br />20<br />30<br />35<br />35<br />Kesgrave <br />sediments<br />30<br />30<br />25<br />25<br />Norwich <br />Crag<br />20<br />20<br />15<br />15<br />Ludham sediments<br />10<br />10<br />5<br />5<br />Red Crag<br />0<br />0<br />4<br />3<br />2<br />1<br />0<br />Fine<br />Coarse<br />Medium<br />δ 18O ‰<br />
  2. 2. Students are asked to:<br /><ul><li>Identify the pollen found in the different sediments</li></ul>35<br />Kesgrave <br />sediments<br />30<br />25<br />Norwich <br />Crag<br />20<br />15<br />Ludham sediments<br />10<br />5<br />Red Crag<br />0<br />Fine<br />Coarse<br />Medium<br />
  3. 3. Students are asked to:<br /><ul><li>Interpret environmental change using all their evidence</li></ul>35<br />Kesgrave <br />sediments<br />30<br />25<br />Norwich <br />Crag<br />20<br />15<br />Ludham sediments<br />10<br />5<br />Red Crag<br />0<br />Fine<br />Coarse<br />Medium<br />