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Description of the activity/ assignment Students receive some general data on the regional geology and the rock formation that they are going to study. They also get examples of outcrop sketches and symbols used for the description of sedimentary rocks. Based on the description of the sedimentary units and the fossil content of the outcrop students interpret the depositional environment, compare it to the paleogeography of that time period and compare the ancient environment to a modern one. Each group has to hand in a report and presents the outcrop to their class mates during one of the following lab periods. This project combines multiple concepts of historical geology, sedimentology and paleontology. Provided materials (ideally acessible in lab room over the whole duration of the project) - regional geologic maps - general stratigraphic column - images of fossils which can be found in that outcrop - if availalable, provide a master fossil collection for that formation so that students can compare their fossils - example of an outcrop sketch - example of a depositional environment sketch (e.g. a floodplain) - list of commonly used symbols for sediments/ fossils
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