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Field Exercise: Caddy Canyon Debris Flow(s) part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
This exercise focuses on field observation and analysis of a debris flow that occurred near our campus in 2002. The strengths of the exercise are its emphasis on field observation, data collection, and synthesis of ...
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 ...
Diagnosing Landslide Hazard part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
Students investigate an active complex landslide with the purpose of characterizing the risk to nearby infrastructure. Students gain experience with field observation, mapping, and report writing. In addition, ...
Pinnacle Mountain Field Project part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
Students collect, analyze, and interpret field data and identify and read literature on the possible origins of the block-fields on Pinnacle Mountain, central Arkansas.
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 ...
Weather and seasonal cycles part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students gather weather cycle data on seasons and climate. They will graph their observations, share with others and connect weather and seasons together.
Mapping extensional crack arrays in asphalt as normal fault system physical analogues part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Activities
Students map extensional crack arrays in asphalt, at full-scale, using long pieces of inexpensive craft paper and markers, map the connections between individual cracks in the arrays, and study (descriptively) ...
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Field Trip Comics part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Activities
Structural geology field trips integrate learning, collaboration, and exploration. Creating a comic (or graphic novel) from a field trip promotes students' rendering their own popular culture view of the ...
Campus Mapping Tour part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Activities
This exercise allows students to learn how to produce a geologic map. Students will pair up and explore campus as a "virtual" field area. This works well in areas where outcrop is generally sparse, but ...
Field Lab - Stromatolites part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
The lab requires students to make detailed observations on an outcrop, both about the fossils (stromatolites) and the lithology. It addresses the two 'content goals' of the course: assessing mode of life ...
Field Lab - Ecosystem and Paleoenvironment analysis part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
Students collect from two Devonian field sites. The goal is to determine the depositional environment and whether these are life or death assemblages.
Eocene Exposure Field Trip part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
This field trip visits an exposure near Aiken, South Carolina in Eocene, unconsolidated, clayey quartz sand with abundant trace fossils Ophiomorpha ichnosp. and Ophiomorpha nodosa. Early in the course, this trip ...
Oral Presentation of a Fossil Group part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
Students present a 10 minute Powerpoint presentation on a fossil group of their interest. Illustrations and handouts are required.
Taphonomy Experiment part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
This is a semester-long project the students design and run themselves. They come up with an original question relating to taphonomic processes and design an experiment to test their hypotheses. At the end of the ...
Field collection and community analysis project part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
The class will take field trips to different fossil localities in Missouri, where students will collect and identify the fossils they find. They will perform a community analysis, using a statistics program. The ...
Reconstructing the depositional environment of a local rock formation part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
Each group of students works on a well defined local outcrop and decribes sedimentary units and fossil content. Based on this data they reconstruct the depositional environment, put it into a broader ...
Biostratigraphy of the Crystal Peak Dolomite, Ibex, UT part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
Students participated in measuring a section and collecting samples for real research. It is part of a flexible field course Prior student experience varies widely in this course.
Dinosaurs of Moab, UT part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
This activity was delegated to an expert (Rod Scheetz, BYU) It is part of a flexible field course Student experience varies widely in this course.
How do we recognize and use fossils in outcrop? part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
Students find fossil hunting rewarding and fun. However, it is important that field trips to fossil localities go beyond mere hunting ("Is this a fossil?") and lead students to ask "What is the ...
Ground-penetrating and Space-born Radar part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
This is a introductory lecture on ground-penetrating radar and space-born radar, a classroom data classifying activity, and descriptions of field and extended activities.