Mnemonics to Memorize the Geologic Time Scale

(Except for Precambrian):


Here's are the mnemonics that the instructors often use during the trip


Here are some additional Mnemonics suggested by your fellow students:


1.      To memorize the Eras:

Precambrian, Paleozoic, Mesozoic, Cenozoic:

* Please pay my children!

*Pizza places make chicken.

*Peter Piper milks cows.


2.      To memorize the Periods:

Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Mississippian, Pennsylvanian, Permian, Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous, Tertiary, Quaternary:

* Cold oysters seldom develop many precious pearls, their juices congeal too quickly.

* Come over some day, maybe play poker. Three jacks can take queens.

* Charlie Oliver Still Drives My Purple Plymouth To Jersey City Through Quicksand

* Can old senators demand more political power than junior congressmen? Tough question!

* Quiet Time Can Just Tease People Particularly Men Dodging Spouses Ordering Chores (Reverse).


3.      To memorize the Epochs of Cenozoic Era:

Paleocene, Eocene, Oligocene, Miocene, Pliocene, Pleistocene, Holocene (or Recent):

* Pretty Eager Old Men Play Poker Hard.

* Pigeon Egg Omelets Make People Puke Heartily.

* Put Eggs On My Plate Please Homer.


4.      The missing Era: Precambrian

Archean, Proterozoic