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Using Microfossils to Understand Paleo-Climate - Summary

Developed by Hilary Clement Olson, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin

How to cite this work: Olson, H.C. 2010. Using Microfossils to Understand Paleo-Climate, TXESS Revolution, http://www/txessrevolution.org/Microfossil_Intro, Date Accessed.


Overview

Background Foraminifera represent a group of marine, microscopic, shell-producing organisms belonging to the phylum Protista.  Many of these organisms are benthic, and their distribution reflects variations in substrate and characteristics of bottom waters.  Other foraminifera are planktonic in nature, giving us insight into the nature of surface water masses around the world.  The integration of the study of foraminifera into the life sciences and earth sciences classroom creates an opportunity for students to exercise critical thinking skills in applying the variety of knowledge they have learned in their current curriculum.