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Dating the Past

Dating the Past

Measuring the age of rocks and fossils

Learn how geologists find out the ages of rocks and fossils to help explain how New Zealand’s structure – and the life it supports – has changed over millions of years.

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NZ Research collection.

NZ Research

This collection provides information about the work of New Zealand’s world-class science and technology sectors in relation to Dating the...

Science Ideas and Concepts collection.

Science Ideas and Concepts

Scientific study requires a basic knowledge and understanding of ideas and concepts. This collection explains the ideas that are...

Looking Closer collection.

Looking Closer

This collection contains a wide variety of resources and information about Dating the Past, which supports the resources in the other...

People collection.

People

This collection introduces some of the people working or studying in the areas explored in Dating the Past. Click on a name to find out...

Teaching and Learning Approaches collection.

Teaching and Learning Approaches

Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring Dating the...

Question Bank collection.

Question Bank

An inquiry approach is a method often used in science education. The question bank provides an initial list of questions about Dating the...

Key Terms collection.

Key Terms

This resource provides explanations of the key concepts encountered when exploring Dating the Past – the ‘basics’ that every student...

Sci Media collection.

Sci Media

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