6. Definition of Terms
Paleozoic:Era:Eon:Fauna:Flora:Geologic Time Scale:Law of Superposition:Period:Mesozoic:Phanerozoic:
Final Portion of Activity
: How much paper would it take to represent a billion? Or to represent the age of the Earth?
The single asterisks page at the end of this worksheet contains 4,000 asterisks. If each asterisk representsone year of earth history, it would take 250 of the asterisk pages (with 4,000 asterisks on each) torepresent 1,000,000 (1 million) years.Given that one ream of paper contains 500 sheets and typically stands 2 inches tall, 250 sheets, about 1inch thick, would represent 1 million years. Now we can solve some problems that allow us to visualize earth time. I’ve given the solution for thefirst problem as an example.
would the paper stack of asterisk pages have to be to show the amount of time that has passed just since the dinosaurs went extinct?
: Dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago. 250 sheets at 1 inch = 1 million years. SO…65 x 1 inch = 65 inches, or 5 feet, 5 inches (FYI that’s as tall as me).
. How tall would the stack have to be to show the entirety of the earth's history? (Remember, 1 million years =1 inch, and1 billion divided by 1 million = 1000)
. How tall would the stack be for the evolution of earliest life?
. How tall would the stack be for the evolution of the first trilobites