Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

2012

Journal or Book Title

Geological Society of America Special Papers

Volume

486

First Page

19

Last Page

27

DOI

10.1130/2012.2486(03)

Abstract

The discovery of geologic time revolutionized scientific thinking and led to the development of the modern Earth sciences. Less appreciated, however, is the fact that geologic time has had far-reaching cultural and societal consequences that go well beyond its founding influence upon the geosciences. This essay summarizes the literature describing the difficulties students encounter in understanding deep time, provides an overview of the historical development and cultural relevance of deep time, and suggests ways to increase students’ understanding of the significance of geologic time.

Comments

This is a manuscript of an article from Geological Society of America Special Papers 486 (2012): 19, doi:10.1130/2012.2486(03). Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Cinzia Cervato and Robert Frodeman

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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