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MSC03 2020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
CERIA Building
Room 204

Phone: (505) 277-1358
Fax: (505) 277-1351

Coal Balls

Coalball.jpgBACK = Biodiversity assessment using coal balls

In this activity, the student will learn about fossil plants contained in coal balls and how plants have responded to climate change. It integrates the fields of botany, paleobotany, geology and ecology. The activity is scalable and parts could be used for a lab with a mini-lecture to introduce key concepts, while other more in-depth information could be presented in a longer lecture. Furthermore, the activity could be expanded into a term project for an advanced upper division course. The lesson plan follows the learning cycle of engagement, concept introduction, application, and assessment.

(Kohle Kugeln) - all materials needed are available through Arctos (links in the lesson plan) and educational kits that can be signed out from the Museum of the North webpage: