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Interpreting the Geologic History of Canyon de Chelly part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Activities
The is a two part lesson designed to given in-service teacher an experience in field geology. The lesson is designed by Canyon de Chelly, AZ but can be used anywhere there are outcrops of two or more rock types.

Fluvial Processes Project - Analysis of Redwood Creek Field Data part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
This exercise is intended to give student experience using field data they collected to analyze the fluvial processes that occur in Redwood Creek, and the landforms that result.

Florida River Project: Measuring discharge, sediment, and water chemistry part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
This data collection lab is part of a semester-long project, monitoring a local river.

Geomorphology Field Research Project part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
This research project allows students to integrate and apply their geomorphic knowledge in a comprehensive study of a local landscape. Working in teams, they investigate uplifted alluvial deposits along the ...

Hydraulic Geometry in the Greys River Watershed part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
Following lectures regarding catchment hydrology and fluvial processes, students complete a two day field analysis of a watershed from headwaters to outlet, measuring fluvial parameters such as channel geometry, ...

Winter Geohydrology part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Service Learning:Examples
This geohydrology course is built around a winter pond study and a snowpack analysis of a skiing area. Both projects are ice- and snow-dependent projects for use in the Vermont winter.

Exploring Soil Development & Conservation of Mass part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
This activity aims to develop understanding of soil formation using the principles of conservation of mass. This is best applied to a chronosequence of 2 soils/deposits, such as a set of terraces or glacial ...

Mapping Glacial Erratics with GPS and GIS part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Katherine McCarville, Upper Iowa University Summary Students create a map of glacial erratics (in Northeast Iowa, although you could do this wherever you have glacial deposits). The activity uses local geology, ...

Walkable/Bikeable Community Maps part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Katherine McCarville, Upper Iowa University Summary Create maps of walkable-bikeable routes in your local community. Identify routes by their characteristics for pedestrians and bike riders. Locate areas where ...

Community Involvement Project part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
John Wilson, Lafayette College Summary This project is designed to give students the opportunity to create a GIS project to apply skills they acquired throughout the semester to solve a real world problem. Each ...

Determining slope movement and water contamination of quicklime deposits along Lake Winnebago, High Cliff State Park, Wisconsin part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
For nearly 100 years, the site that is now High Cliff State Park near Sherwood, WI was the site of a quicklime kiln. Local Silurian dolomite from the Niagara Escarpment was quarried and baked in large kilns before ...

Florida River Project - individual and group research project part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
The Florida River Project is a semester-long project involving (1) an individual project in which students pose a scientific question and use existing data to test their hypothesis, and (2) a group project in which ...

The Mini-Sedimentologist part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
Keywords: scientific method, scientific writing, sediment cores, core description, smear slides, grain-size analysis During this multi-week or semester-long assignment, students collect sediment cores in the field, ...

Genomics of microbial communities in Thermopolis Hot Springs part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
The hot springs (52°C) in Thermopolis, WY contain abundant microbial mats, including mineral-rich filamentous bacteria. While cooler than nearby Yellowstone, Thermopolis contains a number or rare or unique ...

Stratigraphic Architecture of Table Rock, Boise, Idaho part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
In the GEOS 315 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy course at Boise State University, students conduct field research over a period of 4-5 weeks at Table Rock, a prominent sandstone plateau and popular hiking ...

Building a Local Stratigraphic Column: A research-based assignment for an introductory course part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
Students build a stratigraphic column for a pre-selected area through the compilation of a series of individual research projects. Students are required to conduct introductory field research as well as a ...



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