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Further Investigations: The Oceanic Crust and Seafloor

  1. How are ophiolites formed and what are their common features?
  2. Investigate the geology near your school. What types of rocks are found there? How were they formed?
  3. Investigate the impact that land use change, such as deforestation, has had on lithogenous sediment input into the ocean.
  4. What factors affect the depth of the CCD (calcium compensation depth)?
  5. Identify organisms that commonly make up calcareous and siliceous sediments.
  6. Investigate the different processes that allow for fossilization to occur.
  7. How are geology (the study of the earth’s rocks and minerals) and paleontology (the study of prehistoric life) similar? How are they different?
Exploring Our Fluid Earth, a product of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG), College of Education. University of Hawaii, 2011. This document may be freely reproduced and distributed for non-profit educational purposes.