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Burial, compaction, and porosities in a subduction zone part of MARGINS Data in the Classroom:MARGINS Mini-Lessons
In this activity, students look at how sediments compact as they are buried in a subduction zone and explore how rapid burial can lead to increased water pressure.

Observations and Measurements for Understanding Isostasy part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Activities
In this cycle, students practice their observation and measuring skills as they develop a functional understanding of the concepts of density/buoyancy and how they apply to our understanding of Earth's topography.

Tomography? How do we know what is below our feet? part of Activities
A short Powerpoint presentation that introduces seismic topography to begin understanding how scientists infer the interior of the earth. Followed with a crossword puzzle to encourage vocabulary.

What Can (and Cannot) Be Learned from Scientific Drilling Using Examples from Margins Initiatives part of MARGINS Data in the Classroom:MARGINS Mini-Lessons
This is a lecture segment that could be introduced to an introductory geoscience class to help explain and demonstrate what can and cannot be found out by scientific drilling.

From Ocean Topography to Flexural Rigidity part of MARGINS Data in the Classroom:MARGINS Mini-Lessons
Students will use the available bathymetric datasets to test the utility of a flexural rigidity model of oceanic crust.

Bragg's Law part of Cutting Edge:Deep Earth:Activities
"ON A COLD WINTER DAY IN DECEMBER, 1955, Robert Wentorf Jr. walked down to the local food co-op in Niskayuna, New York, and bought a jar of his favorite crunchy peanut butter. This was no ordinary shopping ...

News Flash: MARGINS Discovery Student Presentations part of MARGINS Data in the Classroom:MARGINS Mini-Lessons
Students describe MARGINS research results in a two to four minute oral class presentation. The assignment is appropriate for any class that covers topics related continental margins.

Our Place in the World (Long Island Series) part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Google Earth:Examples
Our Place in the World is a hands-on Google Earth activity designed to establish a local, regional, and global geographic context in connection with a course, workshop, or field trip.

Geodynamo Visualizations part of Cutting Edge:Deep Earth:Visualization Collectons
Compiled by John McDaris of SERC. These animations and images are examples of the current research into the generation of the Earth's magnetic field by action of a dynamo in the core of the planet. The ...

Demonstrating P and S Waves with a Slinky part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
P and S seismic waves can be demonstrated with a slinky. P waves have energy traveling parallel to the direction the wave is moving. S waves have energy traveling perpendicular to the direction the wave is moving.

Tapestry of Time: the Evolution of the North American Continent part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
In this lecture activity, groups of students use the Tapestry of Time map printed by the USGS to create cross sections that illustrate the growth of the North American continent.

The Energy Conundrum part of Cutting Edge:Energy:Energy Activities
This is a lecture aimed at preparing students for making the leap from what is to what ought to be. In it, I present the main sociological theories about poverty and examine several places I've lived—New ...

Plotting Earthquakes with Near Real-Time Data part of Cutting Edge:Visualization:Examples
Students access the United States Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center at http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/ and plot the longitude latitude and depth of earthquakes on a physiographic ...

Natural History of the Olympic Peninsula part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching in the Field:Field Trip Collection
Natural History of the Olympic Peninsula Drs. Jenny Thomson and John Buchanan, Department of Geology, 130 Science Building, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA 99004 509 359-2286; Drs. Suzanne Schwab and ...

A Theme Based Field Course on the Geology of New York part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching in the Field:Field Trip Collection
Dr. Joe Reese and Dr. Eric Straffin Department of Geosciences Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Edinboro, PA 16444 phone numbers: 814-732-2814 / 1573. Intended Audience: teachers, science education students, and ...

South Carolina Studies: Bringing the Geologic Time Scale Down to Earth in the Students' Backyard part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching in the Field:Field Trip Collection
South Carolina Studies - Bringing the Geologic Time Scale Down to Earth in the Students' Backyard: John R. Wagner, Clemson University Intended Audience: This exercise is suitable for the general public, though ...

Extra Terrestrial Plate Tectonics part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching Materials Collection
Students decide whether plate tectonics is operating on another planet in our solar system. Requires students to integrate and process a large array of visual data regarding plate tectonic processes. Students feel ...

Heart Mountain Detachment Fault and Clastic Dikes of Fault Breccia, and Heart Mountain Break-Away Fault, Wyoming and Montana part of Integrating Research and Education:Montana-Yellowstone Geologic Field Guide Database:MT Field Guides
This field guide describes the geology of two sites near Silver Gate, MT (near Cooke City) where different features related to the Heart Mountain detachment are displayed. At the first site, several features pertaining to the origin of the Heart Mountain detachment fault can be examined, including: (1) severely deformed upper plate rocks in contact with undeformed lower plate rocks; (2) the character and composition of the fault breccia; (3) contacts of volcanic rocks with upper plate blocks and the Heart Mountain fault; and (4) dikes of carbonate fault-breccia injected into both upper plate blocks and overlying volcanic rocks. The second site is an exposure of the Heart Mountain break-away fault.

Marine Environmental Geology part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Service Learning:Examples
This course is an introduction to the aspects of marine geology and oceanography that affect the environment and marine resources. Service-learning is an essential component of how students learn about the earth. We deliver part of the content of this course by arranging for students to solve a problem with a local community partner.

Using Field Observations and Field Experiences to Teach GeoscienceAn Illustrated Community Discussion part of Cutting Edge:Geoscience in the Field:Field Experiences:Posters
This course enhances science literacy by emphasizing the repeated practice of making observations, posing questions & developing hypotheses around a narrowly focused aspect of Minnesota Geology. Students ...



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