Human geomorphology and an introduction to GIS
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This page first made public: May 2, 2008
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
2) Learning basic tools of GIS
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
2) Evaluating strengths and weaknesses of GIS tools
Other skills goals for this activity
Description of the activity/assignment
Designed for a geomorphology course
Uses online and/or real-time data
Determining whether students have met the goals
Download teaching materials and tips
- Activity assignment (Microsoft Word 41kB Aug1 08)
- Lake Mead shoreline shape file (.zip) ( 1.2MB May2 08)
- Lake Mead boundaries shape file (.zip) ( 1.2MB May2 08)
- Thalweg prior to lake formation shape file (.zip) ( 13kB May2 08)
- ESRI grid of sediment thickness (isopach) (Zip Archive 886kB Aug1 08)
Or, you can find them by searching for the USGS Open File Report 03-320.
I have attached 4 shape files, but did not attach the base map shape file (NED_21978736) because that is freely available at http://seamless.usgs.gov/ and was too large (~38MB).