Geological Studies of South Dakota Part 1

Lesson Overview


This lesson will provide students the opportunity to research the Western Interior Seaway that once covered sections of Western South Dakota. It will provide an understanding of how water can shape the land and the many types of fossils and sediment that it can leave behind.

About the Scientist

Brook Long

Institution: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Hi! My name is Brooke and I am a paleontologist at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. I grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and I used to pick up and collect shells from the gravel of driveways. In high school, I spent a lot of time hanging out with my friends on the weekends, but I also dedicated time to studying and learning. I enjoyed learning about how animals, people, and the earth all interacted. My favorite classes were geology, biology, and environmental science. So, when I went to college, I signed up as a geology major. I got to learn about rocks, how the earth was formed, the first life on earth, fossils, volcanos, earthquakes, and even National Parks! During college, I tutored the lower level classes and I realized I wanted to be a college professor. This career goal, plus my love of rocks, fossils, and curiosity led me to go to graduate school and I am currently working on earning my Ph.D.