I was never, ever, able to get a glimpse of scale when reading about the history of our planet. When I read about when the Earth formed, when the first plants appeared, when the first animals came out from the water, or when some kind of hominids first appeared…
all of this seemed to happen in a not-so-well-defined time.
So I gave myself this challenge, using http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geologic_time_scale and its children pages as stating point:
- remember the Geological Time Scale (GTS) main subdivisions: names and times
- remember the main facts happening at each supereon/eon/era/…
The GTS structure seems perfect for a mind mapping approach, in fact I quickly sketched its tree structure. But though I like mind maps a lot, personally I was never convinced they are a great help in memorization.
So I simply placed the GTS facts in the building where I work, with the Precambrian supereon in the basement, and the three eons of the Phanerozoic at ground floor, 1st and 2nd floor. Each period is an office, apart from the Cenozoic where each epoch is an office.
Entering an office I am greeted by a Person/Action which tells me the beginning/end times, while the rest of the office can be filled with unsettling images like molten lava, growing ferns, hominids… appropriate for that time
Possibly something that wont interest many people - it was just something that I knew I had to learn sooner or later - but I’d like to know what do you think!