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Teaching Geomorphology in the Field

Field experiences are a critical part of a geoscience student's education and have long been one of the foundations of geoscience education. Below, you will find links to presentations, posters, and teaching activities presented by participants at several workshops that speak to a variety of ways they have taught geomorphology with and through field work. These resources came from the Teaching Geomorphology and Urban Students, Urban Issues workshops in 2008 and the Teaching Geoscience in the Field workshop in 2010.

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Fluvial Systems

Stream terraces (PowerPoint 7.3MB Aug6 08)
Donald Rodbell, Union College
Link to the activity/assignment / Teaching Geomorphology 2008

Small details to big picture – field study of a glacio-fluvial gravel quarry near Rotterdam Junction, New York (PowerPoint 11.6MB Aug6 10)
Paul Ryberg and Mitchell McAdoo, Clarion College
Teaching Geoscience in the Field 2010

Stream surveying (PowerPoint 6.4MB Aug6 08)
Karen Williams, Montana State University
Link to the activity/assignment / Teaching Geomorphology 2008


Mass Wasting

A multiple-week exercise on the geotechnical properties of soils and slope stability (PowerPoint 14.9MB Aug1 08)
David Franzi, SUNY Plattsburgh
Teaching Geomorphology 2008

Mass wasting and slope stability (PowerPoint 1.6MB Aug1 08)
Jeff Clark, Lawrence University
Link to the activity/assignment / Teaching Geomorphology 2008


Research Projects and Activities

Salt tracer and area-velocity water discharge (PowerPoint 4.4MB Aug6 08)
Catherine Riihimaki, Drew University
Link to the activity/assignment / Teaching Geomorphology 2008

Geomorphology field research project (PowerPoint 7.3MB Apr28 09)
Jeff Marshall, Cal Poly Pomona University
Link to the activity/assignment / Teaching Geomorphology 2008

Tombstone weathering lab (PowerPoint 3.8MB Jul31 08)
Alison Anders, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Link to the activity/assignment / Teaching Geomorphology 2008

Research on coastal erosion, flooding, and ground subsidence as useful case studies for student projects and assignments (Acrobat (PDF) 6.4MB Mar9 08)
William Dupre, University of Houston
Urban Students, Urban Issues 2008


Field guides and databases

The NAGT Field Trip Collection contains a number of geomorphology field trips and examples. The examples in this collection share information about the design of the trips and their important characteristics in addition to providing easy access to field guides.




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