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Soil description & analysis part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
The students pull soil cores in a transect across a hill. They describe the horizons and create a fence diagram, then determine the maturity of the soil & relate it to the climate & geologic history of the ...

The Virtual Geology of Beloit College (using handheld PCs) part of ACM Pedagogic Resources:ACM/FaCE:Projects:Outdoor Classroom:Activities
The goals of this exercise are for students to create their own geologic map and cross-section of the Beloit College campus and to describe the geological history of the campus based on their interpretations. The ...

Gathering field data using a GPS and ArcGIS 9.3 Part 1: Collecting Point Data part of ACM Pedagogic Resources:ACM/FaCE:Projects:Outdoor Classroom:Activities
Students learn how GPS and GIS can be used to gather and analyze point data. The main outcome is a digital map of campus trees classified by size and type. The technical skills learned in this lab will be used in a ...

Gathering field data using a GPS and ArcGIS 9.3 Part 2: streaming data and contouring part of ACM Pedagogic Resources:ACM/FaCE:Projects:Outdoor Classroom:Activities
This exercise introduces streaming data collection using ArcGIS and a GPS receiver. Analysis of these data serve as an introduction to the art of contouring and topographic map making. Routines within ArcGIS ...

Spatial Distribution of Lead in Urban Soils part of ACM Pedagogic Resources:ACM/FaCE:Projects:Outdoor Classroom:Activities
Students gather soil samples and collect information on property attributes (size, exterior type, condition, etc.) in order to analyze the spatial distribution of lead in soils in the neighborhood around Lawrence ...

The Effects of Storm Water Management on Water Quality part of ACM Pedagogic Resources:ACM/FaCE:Projects:Outdoor Classroom:Activities
This lab follows the skill development lab "Gathering Point Data using a GPS and ArcGIS 9.3." The topic is storm water detention ponds, which are designed in part to improve water quality. Using in-situ ...

An Environmental Assessment of Newark Road Prairie part of ACM Pedagogic Resources:ACM/FaCE:Projects:Outdoor Classroom:Activities
The goal of this exercise is for students to complete a basic environmental assessment of Newark Road Prairie, a 35-acre wet-mesic prairie and state natural area owned by Beloit College. The exercise is completed ...

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.

Build a Delta! part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
This is a 3-part lab that allows new geomorphology students to experience first-hand the scientific method by investigating the processes and results of river-delta formation.

Hypothesis Testing through Field Investigation of Mystery Mounds part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
Students formulate and test a hypothesis that addresses the potential processes involved in forming or subsequently shaping an unknown geomorphic feature, in this case mima mounds or patterned ground. Students gain ...

The geomorphology of home part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
In this lab, students read and interpret 1) peer-reviewed literature, 2) LIDAR-derived hillshade maps, and 3) the landscape itself to better understand the geomorphology of their local urban/suburban environment ...

Boulder ID part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Groups of students participate in identification of decorative boulder fields used as landscaping. Groups try to identify rock type and challenge the identifications of other groups.

Florida River Project: Minerals in the field part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
This is a field trip that is part of a semester-long research project. In this lab, students visit part of their research site to look at rocks and minerals in the study area.

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.

Mapping a local Dune Field, and estimating paleowind speed and direction part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
We visit the Pinebush dune field in eastern New York State (20 minutes from campus). Students map one large parabolic dune, and collect sample of dune sand. In the lab, students map the dune field from aerial ...

Physical Geology: Amazing GeoRace part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Allows introductory physical geology students the opportunity to examine various uses of geological materials in society, in a manner that is also fun and enjoyable.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Earth Materials and Ancient Cultures part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students investigate properties of earth materials through the lens of art and archeology. It allows ties to other required core curriculum courses (particularly classics and art history), and integrates the use of ...

Snowpack analysis part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
Measurement and analysis of snowpack density and SWE. Students collect field data on the snowpack, analyse and interpret the data, and present their results.

Soil Field Descriptions and Soil Forming Processes part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
This assignment covers the basic techniques of soil descriptions in the field using a modified version of the NRCS Field Book for Describing and Sampling Soils (2002). Students investigate soil profiles at ...

Mass Wasting and Slope Stability part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
An investigation of mass movements along the shores of Lake MI. Students will assess strength characteristics of unconsolidated sediment in the field, survey the morphology of the movement, and determine the ...

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