From rejection of evolution and plate tectonics to questions about chem trails and crystal energy, many introductory science students come to class with strange ideas about the earth. Can animals predict earthquakes? Is the Earth hollow? Is climate change a hoax? Spoiler alert: no. Steven Newton, who teaches at the College of Marin, draws from over twenty years of undergraduate geoscience education to illustrate how mistaken views show up in geoscience classes - and what all educators can do to promote good science.
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