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Ship Rock at Sunset. Research-intensive courses in the field put students in settings where they can experience the geology, environment, and culture. DetailsIntegrating Scientific Discovery in a Field-based Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology Course part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:Case Studies
David Gonzales, Fort Lewis College Summary At Fort Lewis College, the Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology class, formerly a separate three-credit course required for the major, is now an elective course taught ...

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 ...

Semester Lab Research in Marine Geology part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:Case Studies
Patricia Manley, Middlebury College Summary Students cooperatively conduct original research in Marine Geology utilizing marine practices on Lake Champlain, NY - Vermont. The lab section of the course is used to ...

Melding Research on the Navajo Volcanic Field into Undergraduate Curriculum to Promote Scientific Literacy part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:Case Studies
David Gonzales, Fort Lewis College Summary Mafic dike in the Navajo volcanic field exposed near Newcomb, New Mexico. Details This module highlights the curricular design and outcomes of undergraduate research in ...

International Research on a Shoestring: Geological mapping in Halland, Province Southwestern, Sweden part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:Case Studies
By Ed Hansen, Hope College Overview On three separate visits to Sweden between 2008 and 2011, groups of between two and three Hope College students mapped the geology in the area around the Stensjöstrand ...

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 ...

Earthquake Investigation Workshop: Shake, Rattle, & Rock part of Cutting Edge:Geodesy:Activities
This workshop is part of an NSF-funded effort to provide professional development to STEM teachers in Rhode Island. In this activity, students will make "earthquakes" using a simple model, the earthquake ...

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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 ...

Physical Geology on the Fringe: Field Excursion to the Khumbu Region of Nepal part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:Case Studies
Dr. Robert C. Thomas, The University of Montana Western Summary This 3-week field trip includes a 5-day field excursion that explores the geology and cultural history of the Khumbu region of Nepal, the famous ...

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 ...

South Carolina Studies: Bringing the Geologic Time Scale Down to Earth in the Students' Backyard part of Rates and Time:GSA Activity Posters
Students visit Drayton Hall historic plantation near Charleston, South Carolina and are led on a field trip that starts with a discussion of documented historic changes that have affected the mansion and the surrounding property. The field trip continues with a study of Native American artifacts and ends with analysis of coastal plain deposits exposed along the Ashley River. Students use paleogeographic maps to discuss both historic and prehistoric changes to the landscape. Back in the classroom, students gather data to draw paleogeographic maps of their own school site through geologic time.

Using Dendrochronology to Determine the Age and Past Environments of the Black Forest Region, Colorado, USA part of Rates and Time:GSA Activity Posters
The use of dendrochronology in determining the geologic history of a location. The development of an understanding how tree growth can indicate the relationships between climate, geomorphology, ecology and archeology.

Global Warming in the Field part of Cutting Edge:Climate Change:Activities
This field trip involves group problem solving using aspects of glacial geology, paleoclimatology, and sea-level change predictions. The strengths are in getting students in the field in coastal RI: peaty/swampy ...

Exploring Snow part of Cutting Edge:Early Career:Previous Workshops:Workshop 2011:Teaching Activities
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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Hudson Valley Fold and Thrust Belt Field Trip (Structural Geology) part of Cutting Edge:Early Career:Previous Workshops:Workshop 2011:Teaching Activities
This activity is designed to help students identify and observe ramp-flat geometry faults and associated flexural-slip folding.

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.

Measuring the Campus Green part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Activities
Students use basic tools to measure the size of one-quarter acre.

Accuracy, Precision, and Topographic Data part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Activities
This jigsaw style exercise challenges new geomorphology students to collect topographic data and analyze its accuracy and precision.

"Graveyard Lab" part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Because there is not a lot of surface structure to map in glacial terranes of the midwest, especially in big cities, various simulations can help. This is a "big-city" simulation of making a geologic map ...



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