Minerals and Life: Bringing new topics into Units 4 & 5

Scott Collins, BHP Teacher Illinois, USA Note from BHP Team: This post is in response to the piece “How Do Minerals Make Our Planet Unique?", which discusses the evolving relationship between geology and biology, specifically as related to minerals and the development of life. Moving through the Big History narrative, we utilize the information gathered by cosmologists, … Continue reading Minerals and Life: Bringing new topics into Units 4 & 5

BHP Activity: How Do Minerals Make Our Planet Unique?

BHP Team This month, our big question is: How Do Minerals Make Our Planet Unique? We dig through the strata in a BHP content article blog post that links to a new, rockin’ activity you can add to your lesson repertoire. In this activity, students explore the co-evolution of rocks and life on Earth. There’s some interdisciplinarity thrown in there, … Continue reading BHP Activity: How Do Minerals Make Our Planet Unique?

How Do Minerals Make Our Planet Unique?

We may think we are the first organisms to remake the planet, but life has been transforming the Earth for eons. Adapted for publication and use by Big History Project from the essay, “Mineral Fodder,” by Robert Hazen, published on Aeon.co. If you look at science textbooks and sources like Wikipedia, the separation of geology … Continue reading How Do Minerals Make Our Planet Unique?