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Sea Ice Extension for the Earth as a System Learning Activity part of Cutting Edge:Visualization:Examples
Gary Randolph, GLOBE
The purpose is to identify global patterns and connections in environmental data contained in the GLOBE Earth Systems Poster; to connect observations made within the Earth Systems Poster to data and information at ...

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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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How do Faults Slip: Earthquakes versus Episodic Tremor and Slip part of Cutting Edge:Deep Earth:Activities
Mike Brudzinski, Miami University-Oxford
A comparison of earthquakes and episodic tremor and slip using GPS and seismic data to illustrate how faults slip.

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Identifying Plate Tectonic Boundaries for a Virtual Ocean Basin part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Steve Reynolds, Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix
Students observe an ocean basin and two continental margins to identify possible plate boundaries and predict where earthquakes and volcanoes would occur. They also draw the boundaries in cross section.

Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Workshop 03:Activities
Robert Bauer, University of Missouri-Columbia
Bob Bauer, University of Missouri - Students and faculty participate in an integrated effort to characterize hydrologic relationships using hydrologic, geologic & geophysical data -

Field Geophysics Sampling and Aliasing Theory and Examples part of Cutting Edge:Geoscience in the Field:Activities
Larry Braile, Purdue University-Main Campus
Collecting geosciences data in the field involves sampling in time and space. Sampling includes theoretical limitation and the possibility of aliasing which has severe effects on sampled data. The concepts are ...

Late-semester lecture/activity using seismic focal mechanisms part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Activities
Jon Lewis
This late-semester lecture/activity uses seismic focal mechanisms to build on already-covered concepts of friction, elasticity (rheology), and 3D thinking, and to expand the discussion to include seismic first ...

Plotting Earthquakes with Near Real-Time Data part of Cutting Edge:Visualization:Examples
Bill Slattery, Wright State University-Main Campus
Students access the United States Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center at http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/ and plot the longitude latitude and depth of earthquakes on a physiographic ...

Learning About Marine Sediments Using Real Data part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Kristen St. John, James Madison University
This exercise set explores marine sediments using real core photos and composition data from the scientific ocean drilling programs DSDP, ODP, and IODP in an inquiry-based approach.

Measuring the vertical gradient of gravity part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Rob Sternberg, Franklin and Marshall College
The free-air effect tells us that as elevation above sea level increases, gravitational acceleration g decreases at the rate of about 0.3086 mgal/meter. This effect is routinely corrected for when making gravity ...

Assesing the angle of subduction using GeoMapApp part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Rory McFadden, Salem State University
This activity has students determine the angle of subduction using GeoMapApp. Students use datasets available within GeoMapApp to examine the influence of the age of oceanic lithosphere and convergence rate on the ...

Data Filtering and Noise Reduction part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Scott Marshall, Appalachian State University
This lab utilizes the computer program, Excel. In this exercise students will generate synthetic data sets based on a simplified model of daily high temperatures in Boone, NC and apply several filtering techniques ...

Seismic Refraction Lab part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Scott Marshall, Appalachian State University
The following lab will introduce students to the basic concepts of seismic refraction as well as some actual data collected during seismic refraction surveys. You will use your knowledge of seismic refraction to ...

New Views of an Old Continent: A Tectonics Lab Exercise Using Geophysical Maps of Australia part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
David Greene, Denison University
In this lab activity students are given five different map views of the continent of Australia: Geology, Gravity Anomaly, Magnetic Anomaly, Digital Elevation, and Satellite Image, and asked to investigate and ...

Taking the Pulse of Yellowstone's "Breathing" Volcano part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, Central Washington University
In this activity, students learn about volcanism in Yellowstone National Park, focusing on its history of eruption, recent seismicity, hydrothermal events, and ground deformation. They learn how scientists monitor ...

El-Dab'a ground water aquifer assessment, Egypt part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
elhamy Tarabees, Damanhour University
El-Dabaa area is an area located in the norther part of the western desert, Egypt and planed to be nuclear power point. Some vertical electrical sounding have been done there to evaluate the ground water aquifer ...

Hydrocarbon Exploration part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
elhamy Tarabees, Damanhour University
To detect the hydrocarbon reservoir, structure traps should be detected. Seismic reflection profiles can be used to illustrate the structure image for the subsurface layers and hence, find out structure traps for ...

Continental and oceanic heat flow part of Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Activity Ideas
Andrew Goodwillie, Kim Kastens, Linda Sohl, Jaime Toro, Amy Cline, Shelley Olds, Rob Graziono, Sarah Titus, Erin Heffron, Chuck Anderson, Jim Washburn, Steve Reynolds, Ron Schott, and Charlie Onasch Topic: ...

Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Workshop 03:Activities
Bob Ridky, US Geological Survey
Robert Ridky U.S. Geological Survey - This is one activity in a series of web-based modules that encourages introductory college students to use the abundant real-time and archived geoscience data available ...

Being P-Waves and S-Waves part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Role Playing:Examples
Michelle Hall-Wallace (Science Education Solutions, Inc.) and Randall Richardson (University of Arizona, Tucson)
Teach students about P-waves and S-waves by having them model them with their own bodies. -

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