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Humans as Geomorphic Agents part of Activities
An introduction to order-of-magnitude calculations and reading quantitative journal articles.

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Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Fluvial, Glacial/Periglacial, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Dating and Rates, Landscape Evolution

Spring Break-Weathering Homework part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
This short assignment gets students thinking about and looking for geology while on spring break. Students are asked to photograph a feature of weathering and they must be in the picture. Students must then do a ...

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Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Weathering/Soils

Weathering Experiment part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
This project has students dirty several dishes equally and design experiments to determine which analogs of geologic processes are most efficient for removing the baked-on food. Students calculate rates of ...

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Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Modeling/Physical Experiments, Weathering/Soils, Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Weathering, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology

Metacognition Training through Think-Aloud Pair Problem Solving [TAPPS]: Two Lessons about Rivers part of Cutting Edge:Metacognition:Activities
Attached is a description of how to use "Think-aloud Pair Problem Solving" in a classroom. It is followed with two lesson plans on the topic of rivers.

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Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Fluvial, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water

Case Study: Zhouqu, China Landslide part of Cutting Edge:Environmental Geology:Activities
This is a 'citizen science' research project where students to apply their knowledge of landslide processes in an investigation of the natural and anthropogenic causes of a real-world landslide ...

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Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Mass Movement, Geography, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Mass Wasting, Environmental Science

Soil description & analysis part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
The students pull soil cores in a transect across a hill. They describe the horizons and create a fence diagram, then determine the maturity of the soil & relate it to the climate & geologic history of the ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Soils:Profile Description/Morphology, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Weathering/Soils:Soils, Geoscience:Soils:Classification

Rivers and Flooding Lab part of Cutting Edge:Early Career:Previous Workshops:Workshop 2010:Teaching Activities
Understand flooding - why it occurs, how to measure the size and frequency of a flood, the relationship between size and flooding, and how human activity can increase the frequency of flooding events.

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Fluvial, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Floods/Fluvial Processes

Lab 7: Future of the Cryosphere part of EarthLabs for Educators:Climate and the Cryosphere
The lab activity described here was developed by Erin Bardar of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Use the button at the right to navigate to the student activity pages for this lab. To open the student pages in a ...

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Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Glacial/Periglacial, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records, Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Paleoclimate records, Impacts of climate change

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 ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology

Teaching geologic time and rates of landscape evolution with dice part of Rates and Time:GSA Activity Posters
Landscape evolution provides a convenient framework for understanding geologic time and rates because students can observe how processes like erosion and deposition shape their surroundings. In this example, students build 3-D sandbox models based on topographic maps and design and stage a "virtual adventure race." Sandbox landscapes are used to illustrate erosional processes,while local examples are used to discuss landscapes as transient or steady over different time- and length scales. Dice experiments illustrate radioactive decay and the shape of the age equation curve, and 14C dating, geochronology and thermochronology are introduced as "stopwatches" that start when a plant dies, a crystal forms, or a rock nears the surface and cools to a certain temperature. The sandbox model and thermochronometer "stopwatches" are combined to measure erosion rates and rates of landscape change. Ultimately, model rates (cm/hour) calculated from stopwatch times on the order of seconds can be related to geologic rates (km/My) calculated from real million-year-old samples.

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landscape Evolution, Modeling/Physical Experiments, Dating and Rates, Education