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Lead Paleontology Preparator Taylor explains stratigraphy with an activity you can do at home for Museum at Home with The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Museum at Home: Mason Jar Stratigraphy

Stratigraphy—the study of the origin, composition, distribution, and succession of different layers of rock and earth—is fun to talk about because it is like reading a book of the past. The deeper you go, the older the rock and fossils get. In this activity you can do at home, Lead Preparator Taylor uses a Mason jar to help illustrate the different layers of rock she discovers while digging for dinosaur fossils! 

Materials:

Keep in mind you can substitute any layer with something else you have on hand!

Materials for Mason Jar Stratigraphy for Museum at Home with The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

  • Mason jar with a lid
  • Sugar
  • Some noodles
  • Toy dinosaur(s)
  • Flour
  • Coffee grounds
  • Some sand with pebbles
  • Mulch
  • Large quantity of a sandy substance of your choice. This will be the fossil layers so make sure you have at least 2 cups worth of this material

Mason Jar Stratigraphy of the Mission Jurassic dig site the Jurassic Mile with The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

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