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Aerial photo interpretation and mapping - Bayou Meda anticline, Arkansas part of Activities
Multi-day project using aerial photography and field observation to map and interpret a megascopic anticline/syncline pair exposed in the Ouachita Mountains of central Arkansas. This exercise involves two classroom ...

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Red Canyon Terrace Project part of Activities
This project is designed to give students: (1) experience in mapping the details of surficial geologic deposits (Qal), (2) an understanding the geomorphic relations among surficial deposits and ...

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Field Exercise in Stratigraphy/Paleoecology part of Activities
This field activity for GEOL 320 "Paleobiology" is designed to turn what could have been a "look-and-see" fossil collecting trip into one where genuinely interesting hypotheses/questions are ...

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A Traverse Through Time and Space: A Paleoenvironmental Analysis of Devonian Strata in New York State part of Activities
This is a field-based mini-project that requires students to synthesize their field data to 1) determine the depositional environments both across New York State (from the Catskills, NY to Rochester, NY) during ...

Mapping of LSU Field Camp part of Activities
This is a one week mapping exercise of the exposed bedrock geology of the 1400 acre Charles Barney Geology Field Camp owned by the Department of Geology & Geophysics at Louisiana State University. It is ...

Green Landscape and Environmental Policy part of Cutting Edge:Service Learning:Activities
Develop lectures that discuss environmental policy and horticulture practices in communities. Create classroom activities that incorporate green landscape design practices in residential areas. These classroom ...

Reducing pressure on a wastewater treatment plant to accelerate remediation of a polluted harbour part of Cutting Edge:Service Learning:Activities
Students present posters to community partners with strategies to reduce the quantity of water entering a local wastewater treatment plant or to improve the quality of water that needs to be treated. The strategies ...

Pre-service teachers using Project Learning Tree (PLT) in the K-6 classroom part of Cutting Edge:Service Learning:Activities
The activity utilizes the curriculum from Project Learning Tree® (PLT), an environmental education program developed by the American Forest Foundation. Pre-service elementary education students receive PLT ...

Where Did That Quartzite Clast Come From?: A Problem-Based Provenance Study part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Students conducted microprobe geochemical provenance studies on quartzite clasts contained within a Tertiary conglomerate in southern Nevada, as well as quartzites that occur in the pre-Cambrian-Mesozoic ...

Research Experiences in a Mineralogy Class part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:Case Studies
Dave Mogk, Montana State University Summary One of the goals of my Mineralogy class is to demonstrate how the principles and content covered in class can be applied to questions of geologic interest or that have ...

Undergraduate research students investigate dune processes and change at a Lake Michigan site (Case study from 2007-2008 field season) part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:Case Studies
Deanna van Dijk, Department of Geology, Geography and Environmental Studies, Calvin College Overview of the Project Undergraduate research students working with Deanna van Dijk, a physical geographer and faculty ...

Peat Bogs of Allegan County: A Field-Based Research Project Involving College and High School Students part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:Case Studies
By Suzanne DeVries-Zimmerman, Hope College Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences Project Goals The Hope College REACH (Research Experience Across Cultures) program is a 6-week summer research program ...

The Rock Project part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:Case Studies
Rob Thomas, The University of Montana Western Summary This activity is designed to give students the opportunity to go into the field to collect and analyze primary data and to apply their knowledge of processes ...

A Term Research Project Focused on Electron Microprobe Studies of Unknowns in a Junior-Level Mineralogy/Petrology Course part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:Case Studies
Jeff Ryan, University of South Florida Summary Two students using the FCAEM Electron microprobe via remote operation in Jeff Ryan's GLY 3311C course. DetailsAs the core activity of petrology portion of a ...

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.

Geologic Mapping and Geologic History: Sheep Mountain, Wyoming part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Half way through the second semester of our year-long integrated Sed/Strat and Structure course we travel to Sheep Mountain, Wyoming where the students spend 5 days describing and measuring section and the ...

Student Field Guide part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
This activity was inspired by the "Pet Rock" project of Daryl Henry. I developed this activity to be a capstone experience for our students. During the fall 4th year field trip, students are responsible ...

Lake Louise Field Project part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
During a fall field trip in second year, students measure bedding, cleavage, fold axes and bedding-cleavage intersection lineations. These measurements are used throughout the fall term to introduce the stereonet, ...

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.

Monument Creek hydraulics project part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
This is a several-part field and computer-based project that involves students in measurement of stream-channel geometry, basic stream-hydraulics calculations, and flood-frequency analysis. Its primary strengths ...

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