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Exploring the building stones of downtown Seattle part of Activities
Students explore the building stones of downtown Seattle in order to obtain practice in rock identification.

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 ...

Stream Dynamics and the Urban Environment part of Activities
This field activity focuses on stream dynamics and urban development. Students determine stream discharge and observe riparian conditions for a local wadeable urban stream. After the field trip, students delineate ...

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 ...

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 ...

What sizes are the planets and how do they move around the sun? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection

Discharge and Sediment Transport in the Field part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
In this quantitative field activity, students collect field data on channel geometry, flow velocity, and bed materials. Using these data, they apply flow resistance equations and sediment transport relations to estimate the bankfull discharge and to determine if the flow is sufficient to mobilize the bed.

Assessing the error of linear and planar field data using Fisher statistics part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
Instruction on use of Fisher statistics to determine the mean and 95% confidence interval of geological vectors, lines or planes, with examples, problems and an Excel spreadsheet for computation.

Teaching Sedimentology Using Modern and Ancient Comparisions part of Field Experiences:Posters
As sedimentolotigsts much or our work involes looking at modern depostional environments to interpret past environments. Thi class used repeated comparisons to teach sedimentology.

Geologic Photo Field Trips to View Rocks, Geologic Structures, and Landforms in Introductory Physical Geology part of Field Experiences:Posters
Field photographs are used to enhance the instruction in teaching rocks, geologic structures, and landforms in Introductory Physical Geology lecture at East Carolina University. The field photographs are used to ...

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 ...

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 ...

Geologic Mapping Exercise part of Cutting Edge:Early Career:Previous Workshops:Workshop 2010:Teaching Activities
This exercise is designed to simulate some of the mapping aspects of a basic geological investigation. This mock geological investigation is a good wrap-up exercise because it incorporates a variety of geological ...

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Erosion and deposition in modern and ancient streams part of Cutting Edge:Early Career:Previous Workshops:Workshop 2010:Teaching Activities
This activity is designed to link how modern day processes are preserved in the rock record. It provides the opportunity to directly compare similar settings. It is an opportunity to practice observation skills and ...

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 ...

How Effective is a Remediation System at a Regional Landfill? part of Cutting Edge:Geochemistry:Activities
In this activity, students begin exploring the effectiveness of a remediation system installed at a closed landfill system. Students learn the importance of redox chemistry in a real-world context and build field ...

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How do Volcanoes form? How do they impact our lives? part of Cutting Edge:Geodesy:Activities
Navajo Indian Reservation has many volcanoes and the aim of this class activity is to provide hands-on information to students on how these volcanoes form and how they effect the plant and animal life. We perform ...



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