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Depositional Environments of the Jordan Formation, Winona, MN

Tom Hickson
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University of St. Thomas
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  • Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
  • Pedagogic Effectiveness
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This page first made public: Aug 24, 2005

Summary

This project involves a field trip to the Jordan Formation in Winona, MN. Student teams are assigned a section of the outcrop from which they are to determine a stratigraphic column. The class then performs a lateral analysis and builds a composite stratigraphic column for the formation. As a final product, the students write up the class's observations about the formation.

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Context

Audience

This activity was designed for an Upper Division Undergraduate class on Sedimentology and Stratigraphy.

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How the activity is situated in the course

This virtual field trip was designed to go along with in class discussion for weeks 6-10 of a 15 week term.

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Description of the activity/assignment

This project involves a field trip to the Jordan Formation in Winona, MN. Student teams are assigned a section of the outcrop from which they are to determine a stratigraphic column. The class then performs a lateral analysis and builds a composite stratigraphic column for the formation. As a final product, the students write up the class's observations about the formation.

Determining whether students have met the goals

The student must hand in detailed write-ups of the class's observations and conclusions about the formation including figures and pictures of particular features.

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Page of References for students to use (Acrobat (PDF) 43kB Jul7 05)

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