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Mass Wasting and Slope Stability part of Activities
An investigation of mass movements along the shores of Lake MI. Students will assess strength characteristics of unconsolidated sediment in the field, survey the morphology of the movement, and determine the ...

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Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Mass Movement

Rocks, Weathering, and Erosional Landscapes part of Activities
Students will identify a variety of silicate minerals and rocks and relate them to their topographic expression according to relative resistance.

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Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landscape Evolution

Fault-bounded mountains and morphometric properties part of Activities
This classroom activity is designed to help students see the utility of simple morphometric properties in fault-bounded mountain and piedmont environments. Rather than listing and describing commonly used ...

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Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geomorphology:Tectonic Geomorphology

Drainage basin patterns and stream courses part of Activities
This is a two- to three-day classroom activity and writing assignment that is designed to help students recognize typical drainage basin patterns and stream courses. In addition to discussing common drainage basin ...

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Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Fluvial

Watershed Analysis of Stream Morphology part of Activities
This activty provides students with an opportunity to qualitatively and quantitatively analyze stream morphology of a watershed.

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Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Fluvial

Fluvial Landforms on Maps part of Activities
This is an in-class exercise designed to A) give students more practice reading topographic maps, B) have students identify fluvial landforms on maps, and C) get students thinking about the processes that formed ...

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Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Fluvial

Geo-Savvy Assessment part of Activities
I use this "landscape interpretation" exercise to assess what students know coming into my classroom - so that I can pitch the lecture at the right level. I also use a similar structured assessment at the ...

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Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, Landscape Evolution

Drainage Basins Field Lab part of Activities
This field activity and follow-up assignment explores the geomorphology of drainage basins in an active tectonic setting. It introduces basic concepts of drainage basin structure and landscape analysis using ...

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Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Hillslopes, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landscape Evolution, Tectonic Geomorphology, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geomorphology:GIS/Mapping/Field Techniques, Landforms/Processes:Fluvial

Human geomorphology and an introduction to GIS part of Activities
In this lab activity, students use a few basic GIS manuevers to quantify the hydrologic impact of building the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River. The main strength of the activity is that students learn how to take ...

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Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Fluvial, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:GIS/Mapping/Field Techniques

Measuring bankfull channel features, bed sediment, and bed load part of Activities
The students gain field experience measuring bankfull channel characteristics in an urban park, and apply their measurements to determine whether the channel is 'adjusted' to its incoming flow regime and ...

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Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, Landforms/Processes:Fluvial