Teach the Earth > Course Design > Course Design Activities > Basin-scale Controls on Sedimentary Architecture, Jurassic Tank

Basin-scale Controls on Sedimentary Architecture, Jurassic Tank

Thomas Hickson
,
St. Thomas University
Author Profile

This activity was selected for the On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Collection

Resources in this top level collection a) must have scored Exemplary or Very Good in all five review categories, and must also rate as “Exemplary” in at least three of the five categories. The five categories included in the peer review process are

  • Scientific Accuracy
  • Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
  • Pedagogic Effectiveness
  • Robustness (usability and dependability of all components)
  • Completeness of the ActivitySheet web page

For more information about the peer review process itself, please see http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/review.html.



This page first made public: Jul 14, 2005

Summary

Used this activity? Share your experiences and modifications

Context

Audience

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

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

How the activity is situated in the course

This project was designed to go along with in class discussion for the final 5 weeks of a 15 week term.

Goals

Content/concepts goals for this activity

By the end of this project, students should be able to:
  • explain how Jurassic Tank works, why it was built, and how it can be used to link the real world (outcrops and subsurface, well data) with numerical models of basin-scale sedimentation.
  • interpret a cross section diagram in terms of changes in base level, subsidence, or sediment supply.
  • link specific, real-world depositional environments to parts of a cross section diagram and understand how they respond to changes in base level, subsidence, or sediment supply.
  • apply sequence stratigraphic concepts and terminology to a cross section diagram.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

Other skills goals for this activity

Description of the activity/assignment

In this project, students interpret a high-resolution image of result from an experimental run of the Jurrasic Tank sedimentation simulator at the St. Anthony Falls Lab at the University of Minnesota. They are expected to interpret depositional environments, characterize simulated stratigraphic sections, and interpret the overall sedimentary architecture of the simulated basin. All of these observations are to put together onto a poster which is the final product of the project.

Determining whether students have met the goals

Student teams produce a poster combining all the requested interpretation onto one graphic. They are requested to turn in a full-sized electronic version as well as a small printed poster as a part of their portfolio.

More information about assessment tools and techniques.

Download teaching materials and tips

Other Materials

Supporting references/URLs

New TTE Logo Small

Sedimentary Geology resources from across Teach the Earth »

Sedimentary Geology resources from Teach the Earth include:

Specialized collections including

or search