This guide uses four broad regions based on natural geological divisions:
- Region 1: Inland Basin
- Region 2: Appalachians/Piedmont
- Region 3: Coastal Plain
- Region 4: Exotic Terrane
General Philosophy of the Guide
- This is not a curriculum; incorporate ideas from the guide into your own existing curriculum.
- Introduce geologic history into your curriculum early. This guide is organized historically because regional history is responsible for and makes sense of rocks at the surface, topography and other regional geologic patterns.
- Try to understand your local geology in the context of the geologic history of the Northeast. The guide is intended to make sense of the detail of regional geology and provide the tools to understand your local geology.
- Using real geology is inherently open-ended; don't be intimidated by rocks that you don't recognize or the detail and language of geology.
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How to Reference the Guide
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Ansley, J. E. 2000. The Teacher-Friendly Guide to the Geology of the Northeastern U.S. Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, NY.
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