it makes sense for all of you to create something that not only asks you to spend some time conducting library research on a given topic of interest, but to also synthesize that information into something that asks something of the information.
This project will consist of a series of assignments throughout the semester that will result in a proposal for a GSSP for the Anthropocene Epoch. This is currently being discussed in the global geoscience community, so let’s be a part of that discussion! Let’s change the timescale!
Here is the driving question of your final paper:
Scientists are considering the adoption of a new geological Epoch, The Anthropocene Epoch. However, this new epoch needs a not only a starting date, but also a location and outcrop (GSSP) that defines it and will serve as a study site for geologists interested in this time period.
What is the ideal start date for the Anthropocene Epoch and where should its representative GSSP be located, based upon the rules for GSSPs?
Read this chapter on “Quaternary Quandaries” before doing anything else! It will provide you with the basic understanding you need of GSSPs in order to move forward.
Your paper should synthesize your understanding of this GSSP you propose, based upon the rules for these sites (as in the chapter linked above) and the research articles you have found during the term.
Here is what you should turn in:
1) All formatting is in APA
2) 3-5 pages (NOT including title page, abstract, or reference pages) with the following sections (use headers!):
a) Title page
b) Abstract (write this when all other stuff is written) – on its own page
c) Introduction (where you introduce the problem and then propose a solution)
d) Background (where you discuss some of your literature, the reasons for coming up with a GSSP for the Anthropocene, etc.)
c) Proposed Anthropocene start time and why
d) Proposed GSSP, discussing how it fits this official set of rules. I understand that you may NOT have a particular rock outcrop somewhere in mind. But, for what would you seek in it and where would it most likely be found?
e) Conclusion (Bring it all together!)
f) References (All references MUST be cited in text using APA rules).
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