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Weather Map Interpretation part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Gallery Walks:Examples
Students participate in a Gallery Walk to combine weather variables and create weather forecasts based on four different weather maps.

Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
This activity has three exercises: measuring groundwater flow and velocity, measuring vertical gradients in piezometers, and sampling a well field. These field exercises are meant to give students better ...

Non-traditional and under-represented students in hydrogeology: Learning by discovery in an urban environment part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
An example of student-driven, instructor-guided field experiments on a budget. Schools that cater to under-represented students are often those with limited resources, however, student-driven discovery in the field ...

Hydrogeologic Mapping part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
A field exercise designed to give the students a visceral understanding of the geometry of the water table and the flow and transport consequences of that geometry.

Using Scant Data in Hydrogeology part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
Using scant data to come to decisions is an integral part in consulting, but most students have little appreciation for it. This PowerPoint presentation gives some examples that can provide a template for classroom ...

Hydrologic Cycle and Water Balance Equation part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
The assignment works with the mass balance equation in concert with the hydrologic cycle. Students create both a conceptual model and a mathematical model to represent the hydrologic cycle for a basin.

Plume Busters part of Cutting Edge:Public Policy:Activities
Students take on the role of a consultant to solve an environmental problem that could have dire consequences for a nearby community. This activity can be used to initiate discussion on a range of public policy ...

Using Real Data from Ice Cores and Salt Cores to Interpret Paleoclimate part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
The goals of this project are to engage sedimentary geology students in critical thinking about global warming. I present information about how ice cores and halite cores record past temperature data. Then, ...

Visualizing the Shields Parameter part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
The Shields parameter is a fundamental dimensionless variable that embodies the complex factors that interact to initiate motion on a sediment bed. Many students have trouble grasping this (and most other) ...

Evaluation of watershed land-use changes and hydrologic impacts part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
The USDA-NRCS TR55 method for calculating runoff discharge is used to compare the results of land-use change in a watershed. These data are then compared to a Darcy's Law estimate of groundwater discharge to a ...

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