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Equation Dictionary part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
The equation dictionary is an expansion of the traditional notecard that students bring to equation-based tests. It requires them to provide a prose explanation for the processes described by an equation as well as ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Exploration Methods:Refraction, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Gravity, Magnetism/Paleomag, Seismology, Exploration Methods:Reflection, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodynamics
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16)

Density structure of the earth from mass and moment of inertia part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Using mass and moment of inertia as constraints, students construct density models of the whole earth. This activity uses concepts from physics, multi-dimensional calculus, and linear algebra, and also reinforces ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Seismology, Geodesy, Gravity

Where is that chunk of crust going? part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
I introduce students to GPS, frames of reference, and the permanent GPS stations in the EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO) in class, and obtain near-real-time data for two stations from UNAVCO. We use ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geophysics:Geodesy, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Regional Structural/Tectonic Activity

Exercise 8: Using LiDAR and GPS data to model the water table in ArcScene part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Barbara and David Tewksbury, Hamilton College Tutorial for using the new LiDAR tools (LAS dataset and LAS toolbar) in ArcGIS 10.1 (Acrobat (PDF) 13.8MB Nov6 13). Same LiDAR Tutorial as a Word doc (Microsoft Word ...

Subject: Geography:Geospatial, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level, College Lower (13-14)

Recognizing and mapping faults using lidar and field data part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
In this activity, students create a geologic map and cross-section of the Fish Springs cinder cone and surrounding area in the Owens Valley, CA, using a high-resolution DEM developed from airborne lidar data as a ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Folds/Faults/Ductile Shear Zones, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Tectonic Geomorphology, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geophysics:Geodesy, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Associations and Tectonic Settings
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), :Introductory Level

Interseismic deformation: Crustal deformation between large earthquakes part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
This assignment is based on real geodetic data measured in central California across the San Andreas Fault. It will get the students acquainted with geodetic observations, basic data analysis methods, and ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Tectonophysics

In-situ Density from Gravity by Nettleton part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
This activity develops students' understanding of gravity data corrections and density estimates by using a gravimeter to collect data and then interpret this data to find an estimate for the local bulk ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Gravity

Estimating GPS Positional Error part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Very simply and directly determine the x, y, z accuracy of the various GPS receivers using a simple method that doesn't use a lot of quantitative statistics and yields a gut-level sense of the accuracy of ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), :Introductory Level

Estimating Valley Fill Thickness with a Gravity Survey part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
We will make a gravity traverse of the Goldstream valley to determine the thickness of the valley fill. The exercise will take ~ 4hrs, working in two teams all students will get to function in each of the survey ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Gravity, Exploration Methods, Geodesy
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16)

Reading Time Series Plots part of Cutting Edge:Online Teaching:Activities for Teaching Online
This activity provides a brief introduction to GPS and provides a student activity to practice creating and reading time series plots with simplified GPS data and with authentic GPS data from Iceland.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level, College Upper (15-16)

GPS data, vectors and volcano monitoring: an exercise for introductory geology students based on VEPP data part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Volcano Exploration Project: Pu`u `O`o:Examples
Brief three-line description of the activity or assignment and its strengths (you will have an opportunity to expand on this description later in the form): This exercise is designed to investigate continuous GPS ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:GIS/Mapping/Field Techniques, Landforms/Processes:Volcanoes, Geography:Geospatial, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy

HMK 1_Plate Boundaries: Present, future, & past part of Activities
This project builds on in-class exercises and lectures by having students learn to identify modern, future, and past plate boundaries. Students will use trends in topography, distribution of earth quake and ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology, Geophysics, Geophysics:Geodesy
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level

Measuring earthquake and volcano activity from space part of Activities
This tutorial is based on real InSAR observations acquired over the Andes from 1992 to 2005. It will get the student acquainted with InSAR observations and basic concepts of space geodesy.

Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Volcanism

Glacial Isostatic Adjustment part of Activities
The activity begins with a hands-on lab students design to consider the relationship between increasing masses loaded on a viscous medium. Students then investigate the Antarctic ice sheet and Pleistocene glacial ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), :Introductory Level

Where is my house and how does it move? part of Activities
This is a homework for UPRM GEOL4060--Applications of GPS in Geosciences. It is an elective course for geology majors. Students will measure the position of their house at the beginning of the semester and do it ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)

Isostasy: Exploring why continents are high and ocean floors are low part of Cutting Edge:Online Teaching:Activities for Teaching Online
A self-paced tutorial applies students' understanding of density in combination with analogies to apply principle of isostasy to explaining Earth's surface relief. The tutorial is bookended by online ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level

VEPP: Will it Erupt? - Predicting Volcanic Events at Kilauea - Preparing the next generation of DISASTRONAUTs part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Volcano Exploration Project: Pu`u `O`o:Examples
This is an exercise that is in development and will not be fully tested in the classroom until Spring 2011. Please check back regularly for updates and changes. Using data available from the VEPP website, students ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Volcanism, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Volcanoes

VEPP: Analysis of Inflation-Deflation Events at Pu'u 'Ō'ō Using Tiltmeter Data part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Volcano Exploration Project: Pu`u `O`o:Examples
Brief three-line description of the activity or assignment and its strengths (you will have an opportunity to expand on this description later in the form): This activity is a homework exercise with an ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Volcanism, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Volcanoes