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Investigation 3:
Conditions for Fossil Formation

This investigation will help you to:

To learn more about the likelihood of fossilization, visit the following websites:

Maine Fossils: Remains of Life from Another Time and Place,
Maine Geologic Survey
Scroll down to the "Where Fossils are Found" section to learn more about where fossils are generally located and how this relates tot eh biased nature of the fossil record.

To learn more about depostitional environments, visit the following websites:

Photos of Depositional Environments,
University of Oregon
See pictures of the different depositional environments and read about the type of sedimentary rocks formed in these different environments.

To learn more about the Burgess Shale, visit the following websites:

The Burgess Shale,
The Yoho-Burgess Shale Foundation
Provides links to many topics of interest regarding the Burgess Shale.

The Burgess Shale,
University of California Berkeley
Learn about the Cambrian World, the fossils in the shale, and the discovery of the shale.

To complete this Investigation Part A, you will need a topographic map of your area.

How to Find a Map



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Investigation 3

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Investigation 6

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Last updated: January 26, 2009

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