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!
Keep in mind you can substitute any layer with something else you have on hand!
- Mason jar with a lid
- Some noodles
- Toy dinosaur(s)
- Coffee grounds
- Some sand with pebbles
- 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