Case Study: Falls of the James
- Introduction: Why Take Students Into the Field
- Orientation Basics: Location
- Rock Descriptions and Relative Ages
- Measuring and Interpreting Structures
- Concluding Comments: Synthesizing Observations and Remaining Questions
Introduction: Why Take Students Into the Field
In this clip, Chuck explains that he takes students into the field to expose them to real, messy, geologic problems. Length: 00:01:10.
Orientation Basics: Location
In this clip, Chuck asks students to locate themselves on an aerial photograph using triangulation, then discusses their estimates of their accuracy.
Rock Descriptions and Relative Ages
In this clip, Chuck points out two lithologies to students and asks each group to describe these two rock units and to figure out their relative ages.
Measuring and Interpreting Structures
In this clip, Chuch asks students to identify and measure the orientations of structures visible at the outcrop (demonstrating appropriate technique first), and then to interpret the style of fracturing they see.
Concluding Comments: Synthesizing Observations and Remaining Questions
In this clip, Chuck asks his students to reconstruct the geologic history of this outcrop with his students, then talks with them about what questions they can answer in the field and also what questions they cannot answer in the field.