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Trans-California Seismic Profile Analysis part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Magali Billen, University of California-Davis
Homework assignment focused on identifying seismic arrivals and determining layer thickness and velocity using real-world data from a published article.

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Density structure of the earth from mass and moment of inertia part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Donald Forsyth, Brown University
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 ...

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Theoretical estimation of cooling times part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Steve Dickman, SUNY at Binghamton
Development of equations governing conduction of heat, culminating in a scaling analysis to easily estimate order-of-magnitude time for magma body to cool. Simple ultimate formulas and wide-ranging geoscience ...

Interseismic deformation: Crustal deformation between large earthquakes part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Shimon Wdowinski, University of Miami
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 ...

Locating and Measuring Earthquakes Using Real Seismic Data part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Kelly Liu, Missouri University of Science and Technology
The objective is to locate an earthquake and measure its Richter magnitude using real data recorded by seismographs.

Volcano Homework Assignment part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Steven Jaume, College of Charleston
This assignment includes rank ordering lava flow data from Hawaii and using it to predict repeat times of lava flow areas. This and similar quantitative assignments emphasize power law frequency-magnitude ...

Use of Seismic Refraction in the Characterization of Alluvial Aquifers part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Horacio Ferriz, California State University-Stanislaus
1. Objectives - Introduce the physical principles behind the method of seismic refraction - Demonstrate basic field procedures followed in seismic refraction surveys - Practice the techniques of seismic data ...

Seismogram Patterns part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Charles Ammon, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
I assign this homework on the first day of class, after discussing the nature of science and mathematics, and the integral role of patterns in scientific discovery. The specific goal is to have students carefully ...

Seismic refraction exercise for a hydrogeology course part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Devin Castendyk, SUNY College at Oneonta
This problem has students analyze seismic refraction data to determine the depth to the water table and stratigraphy. Simple, useful, and gratifying.

The Birth of the Earth System and the Convection Paradigm part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Steve Dickman, SUNY at Binghamton
Convection is a major process operating throughout the Earth System. This combination lecture sequence / problem set activity sets the stage for the appearance and importance of convection within the Earth System, ...

Earthquake Magnitude - Linking Earthquake Magnitude and Intensity part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Eric Baer, Highline Community College
An activity that helps students link earthquake magnitude and intensity.

Where is that chunk of crust going? part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Vince Cronin, Baylor University
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 ...

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Emergent Models in Google Earth part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Declan De Paor, Old Dominion University
This is one sample of a set of emergent models we are developing for use with Google Earth. Students use the Google Earth time-slider to lift 3D models of the subsurface into view. They can substitute their own ...

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Determining Mantle Temperature and Composition from Discontinuities part of Cutting Edge:Deep Earth:Activities
Anna Courtier, James Madison University
This pair of activities uses observations of mantle discontinuity structure to examine mantle heterogeneity and differences in the depth extent of melt sources for ridges and "hotspots." The first ...

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Thermal Exhumation Model part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
Steve Hurst, University of Illinois at Chicago
Build a one-dimensional thermal model in STELLA of rock uplift. Determine how the speed of uplift affects the geotherm and why uplift rates determined from heat flow are often too high. The model demonstrates the ...

HMK 1_Plate Boundaries: Present, future, & past part of Cutting Edge:Geodesy:Activities
Brian Hampton, Michigan State University;
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 ...

Adopt a Blob part of Cutting Edge:Deep Earth:Activities
Catherine Cooper, Washington State University
Blobs are everywhere in the deep Earth! Students will adopt a "blob" and develop the various associated observable anomalies for it (tomography, gravity, etc). There could also be a potential for students ...

Where is my house and how does it move? part of Cutting Edge:Geodesy:Activities
Guoquan Wang, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
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 ...

Cause of the Mogul, Nevada, Earthquake Swarm, Spring 2008 part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Patricia Cashman, University of Nevada-Reno
Students examine data from fault- and magma- related earthquakes and determine distinguishing characteristics. They then apply these criteria to determine the cause of the Mogul earthquake sequence (that most of ...

The science behind Plate Tectonics part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
John Weber, Grand Valley State University
Plate tectonics is a quantitative, robust and testable, geologic model describing the surface motions of Earth's outer skin. It is based on real data and assumptions, and built using the scientific method. New ...

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