Learning Goal: I’m working on a geology multi-part question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.
Assignment – Week 6
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Fill in the blank (20 pts)
Options (not all will be used) (Summer Snow, Winter Snow, Half-life, Mass Wasting, Cross
Dating, Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevada, Chicxulub crater, Flood Deposit, Volcanic Ash, 3.8
billion years ago, the Cambrian Explosion).
_____________ is snow that has interacted with the sunlight to change its structure.
The “evaporation” of protons/neutrons/ or other changes in an atom is used to determine
_____________ is responsible for widening the Grand Canyon compared to the relatively
narrow Colorado River at its base.
_______ describes the process of comparing multiple sets of tree rings
During their development, the _________ are responsible for raising and exposing the
rocks of Dinasaur National Monument
The _______________ is thought to be evidence of the meteorite that ended the
The Petrified Forest was developed by a large ____________ and _______________
Life appears about _________
The ____________ was a period of time of great diversity of life due partially higher
Essay Responses (2 responses, #1 is worth 20 pts, #2 is worth 40 pts)
1) (20 pts) What evidence do Geologists use to determine the age of the Earth of roughly 4
billion years old? Describe both the evidence and the dating method which was used to evaluate
the evidence (minimum 250 words, cite any resource used)
2) (40 pts): The understanding of Geology is guided by evidence in the natural world. Describe
what evidence Geologists might use to understand the landscape and past eras. Include the study
of Tree Rings, “Summer” snow, Ice core samples, and any other you may find appealing.
(minimum 750 words, cite any resources used)
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