Copyright 2014-2017, Northern Illinois Regional Science Fair and Dawn Boyer
Folded rocks: how does severe folding occur? Rocks are divided into 3 types: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. Sedimentary rocks (like limestone) turn into metamorphic rocks (like marble) if subjected to enough pressure to fold them. Why do we have severely-folded rocks that are still sedimentary, not metamorphic?
Sedimentary layers that extend more than half-way around the planet suggest that a very large Flood once covered most or all of the earth at one time. How could they cover so much of the planet? When?
How many different "kinds" are known? Where are their fossils found?
What evidences are there that man has seen dinosaurs?
What is thought to have evolved into dinosaurs?
Were dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark? How could they fit? Be fed? Cleaned-up-after?
How can there be unfossilized body tissues in diinosaur remains, if dinosaurs all died out 65 million years ago?
Ideas 4: Geology, Dinosaurs
Use large clear container to mix water with several kinds of rocks, dirt, sand, etc. Each material becomes a layer! Why do different layers form? How does this compare with what geology texts say about the ages of different rock layers.
Radio halos in rocks: explain them, and how different scientists relate them to the young earth/old earth positions.
Dating rocks, fossils, and the earth: How well proved are various dating methods? Examples: radiometric dating methods can't be calibrated, except for C-14, which is not used for rocks. What methods exist? What evidences exist for/against the earth being 4.5 billion years vs. 6 thousand years old?
Earthquakes: what causes them? Are we having more frequent or stronger earthquakes over a period of time?
Make a model of a volcano, and show what’s inside. What causes them to develop? What kinds of eruptions can happen? How do scientists try to predict a volcano is near erupting? What kinds of rocks and structures can be formed by volcanoes?
What did Mt. St. Helens’ eruptions tell us about geology?