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Interactive Climate Science Experience at Durham University

(30 March 2012)

IHRR's Tipping Points project was pleased to welcome St Anthony's Girls' School from Sunderland and All Saints VA Church of England School from Stockton for interactive lessons on the science of past climate change.

This event was organised by the Climate Change Schools Project part of Durham University's Science Learning Centre and IHRR. Dr Helen Ranner and Dr Eleanor Maddison from WP1 (Rapid Neoglacial-transitions in the North Atlantic) introduced students to the natural history of climate change from the time of dinosaurs 230 million years ago to the present day.

Students viewed and interpreted a sediment core from Neasham Fen, used microscopes to examine micro and macro fossils and did pollen analysis exercises. Photos and more information about the event is available on the Tipping Points blog.