OUTCOMES: To achieve the goals and objectives of the course, students will perform five 'linked' investigations. Upon successful completion of these investigations, students can do the following:
1. THE WORLD OF MINERALS:
Determine properties of minerals and, by referring to classification charts, identify six unknown minerals.
Identify and properly describe the major landforms of the NYC region.
3.THE FOURTH DIMENSION:
Come to conclusions about Earth History. This is accomplished by: Drawing conclusions about how rocks form. Determining how many years ago rock-forming processes and other past events took place. Acomplished by examining contour maps and comparing the actual landforms of the NYC region to an array of described landforms. Determine the distribution of geologic materials in the NYC region. This is accomplished by comparing the actual distribution of materials to a series of proposed distributions presented in the form of 'geologic maps'.
4. PLATE TECTONICS
Learn about the application of the scientific method by using a the hypothesis of Continental Drift. Learn about the interactions of different plates and how those plates create volcanoes and earthquakes. Study how scientists determine plate movements and the epicenter of an earthquake.