Materials Blast from the Past

Blast from the Past poster activities allow students
to discover Earth’s history through hands-on activities and simulations.
This poster’s vivid images and clear text portray the story of
a large asteroid that collided with Earth sixty five million years
ago at the present-day site of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
This impact created the Chicxulub crater. The “blast” affected
the evolution of many species and was the cause of the extinction
of 50-80% of Earth’s creatures — including dinosaurs! The Ocean
Drilling Program’s drilling ship, JOIDES Resolution,
retrieved core during Leg 171B that contains substantial debris
from this impact. A section of this important core is displayed
on the poster. Through the classroom activities featured on the
back of this poster, students create their own miniature crater
and examine the resulting impact; compare the size of the Chicxulub
crater to the size of their own communities; and study a model
of the oceanic core retrieved from Leg 171B. The Blast from the Past poster is
out of print. Please download the poster below. Download the Blast
from the Past poster (6/29/00) (PDF:
1MB)
Download classroom
activities for use with this poster. (PDF: 55KB) Other Resources:
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department
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Blast from the Past poster activities allow students
to discover Earth’s history through hands-on activities and simulations.
This poster’s vivid images and clear text portray the story of
a large asteroid that collided with Earth sixty five million years
ago at the present-day site of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
This impact created the Chicxulub crater. The “blast” affected
the evolution of many species and was the cause of the extinction
of 50-80% of Earth’s creatures — including dinosaurs! The Ocean
Drilling Program’s drilling ship, JOIDES Resolution,
retrieved core during Leg 171B that contains substantial debris
from this impact. A section of this important core is displayed
on the poster. Through the classroom activities featured on the
back of this poster, students create their own miniature crater
and examine the resulting impact; compare the size of the Chicxulub
crater to the size of their own communities; and study a model
of the oceanic core retrieved from Leg 171B. The Blast from the Past poster is
out of print. Please download the poster below. Download the Blast
from the Past poster (6/29/00) (PDF:
1MB)
Download classroom
activities for use with this poster. (PDF: 55KB) Other Resources:
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department
of Paleobiology presents Blast from the Past! The
Blast from the Past poster activities allow students
to discover Earth’s history through hands-on activities and simulations.
This poster’s vivid images and clear text portray the story of
a large asteroid that collided with Earth sixty five million years
ago at the present-day site of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
This impact created the Chicxulub crater. The “blast” affected
the evolution of many species and was the cause of the extinction
of 50-80% of Earth’s creatures — including dinosaurs! The Ocean
Drilling Program’s drilling ship, JOIDES Resolution,
retrieved core during Leg 171B that contains substantial debris
from this impact. A section of this important core is displayed
on the poster. Through the classroom activities featured on the
back of this poster, students create their own miniature crater
and examine the resulting impact; compare the size of the Chicxulub
crater to the size of their own communities; and study a model
of the oceanic core retrieved from Leg 171B. The Blast from the Past poster is
out of print. Please download the poster below. Download the Blast
from the Past poster (6/29/00) (PDF:
1MB)
Download classroom
activities for use with this poster. (PDF: 55KB) Other Resources:
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department
of Paleobiology presents Blast from the Past!