Introductory Material

The materials found throughout this page are meant to be good starting places to begin to explore the broad field of geology. This page will act as a table of contents for you to begin expanding your knowledge through our website.

This first set of pages are the best place to start exploring science, geology, and time:

  • Click on the ‘General Science’ page to get information on hypotheses, data, and general science terminology.
  • Click on the ‘Geologic Time’ page to examine deep time and how we date different types of rock.
  • Click on the ‘What is Paleontology’ page to better focus on the basics of paleontology, what paleontologists do, and how fossils form.
  • Click on the What is Paleoclimatology’ page to explore what paleoclimate is, how we collect climate data, and how we use that data to understand trends.
From left to right: bryozoan, blastoid, coral, bivalve, coral, brachiopod, blastoid. Scale bar is 5 mm in all images.

Here are additional pages of information that you can find as you read through the above pages. They are filled with extra useful information to help you understand the complex information we present here.

Various planktic (surface-dwelling) foraminifera (marine plankton) species. Images are 60-100x.
Various planktic (surface-dwelling) foraminifera (marine plankton) species. Images are 60-100x.

Once you think you understand the basics of our introductory material, please continue to explore the Climate Change and Evolution pages. The pages contained under these topics will continually link back to the introductory material on topics or terms that you may need a refresher on. If you feel like we did not cover something completely please contact us!


Climate Change