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Exploring Snow
Erin Pettit, University of Alaska Fairbanks
This activity is intended to get students engaged and thinking about the role that snow plays in our climate system. It is a hands-on inquiry-based activity that students with no background knowledge can do. The ...

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Google Earth and Meandering Rivers
Amanda Schmidt, Oberlin College
This activity uses Google Earth to introduce students to a variety of measurements related to meandering rivers by looking at how rivers around the world have changed over time.

Changes along Fountain Creek, Colorado (1989-2006)
William Ouimet, University of Connecticut
This assignment examines a rapidly changing alluvial river in Colorado. Students produce a map depicting these changes through the use of repeat air photos and then quantify the rates of change through time. Along ...

Testing the Shear Strength of Gummy Bear Mountain
Amanda Keen-Zebert, Murray State University
Students hypothesize about the components of shear strength using different shapes of jelly candy and then test their hypotheses. The exercise uses simple, readily available, and edible materials to exemplify ...


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