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Equation Dictionary part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Jacqueline Caplan-Auerbach, Western Washington University
The equation dictionary is an expansion of the traditional notecard that students bring to equation-based tests. It requires them to provide a prose explanation for the processes described by an equation as well as ...

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Density structure of the earth from mass and moment of inertia part of 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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Interseismic deformation: Crustal deformation between large earthquakes part of 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 ...

In-situ Density from Gravity by Nettleton part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Scott White, University of South Carolina-Columbia
This activity develops students' understanding of gravity data corrections and density estimates by using a gravimeter to collect data and then interpret this data to find an estimate for the local bulk ...

Estimating GPS Positional Error part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Bill Witte, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Very simply and directly determine the x, y, z accuracy of the various GPS receivers using a simple method that doesn't use a lot of quantitative statistics and yields a gut-level sense of the accuracy of ...

Estimating Valley Fill Thickness with a Gravity Survey part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Bill Witte, University of Alaska Fairbanks
We will make a gravity traverse of the Goldstream valley to determine the thickness of the valley fill. The exercise will take ~ 4hrs, working in two teams all students will get to function in each of the survey ...

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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Exercise 8: Using LiDAR and GPS data to model the water table in ArcScene part of Cutting Edge:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College
Barbara and David Tewksbury, Hamilton College Tutorial for using the new LiDAR tools (LAS dataset and LAS toolbar) in ArcGIS 10.1 (Acrobat (PDF) 13.8MB Nov6 13). Same LiDAR Tutorial as a Word doc (Microsoft Word ...

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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 ...

Recognizing and mapping faults using lidar and field data part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Anne Egger, Central Washington University
In this activity, students create a geologic map and cross-section of the Fish Springs cinder cone and surrounding area in the Owens Valley, CA, using a high-resolution DEM developed from airborne lidar data as a ...

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Reading Time Series Plots part of Cutting Edge:Online Teaching:Activities for Teaching Online
Shelley Olds, UNAVCO
This activity provides a brief introduction to GPS and provides a student activity to practice creating and reading time series plots with simplified GPS data and with authentic GPS data from Iceland.

Measuring earthquake and volcano activity from space part of Cutting Edge:Geodesy:Activities
Shimon Wdowinski, University of Miami
This tutorial is based on real InSAR observations acquired over the Andes from 1992 to 2005. It will get the student acquainted with InSAR observations and basic concepts of space geodesy.

Glacial Isostatic Adjustment part of Cutting Edge:Geodesy:Activities
Aida Awad, Maine East High School / Oakton College
The activity begins with a hands-on lab students design to consider the relationship between increasing masses loaded on a viscous medium. Students then investigate the Antarctic ice sheet and Pleistocene glacial ...

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 ...

Isostasy: Exploring why continents are high and ocean floors are low part of Cutting Edge:Online Teaching:Activities for Teaching Online
Aurora Pun, University of New Mexico-Main Campus
A self-paced tutorial applies students' understanding of density in combination with analogies to apply principle of isostasy to explaining Earth's surface relief. The tutorial is bookended by online ...

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 ...

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 ...

Analyzing Plate Motion Using EarthScope GPS Data part of Earth Exploration Toolbook:Analyzing Tectonic Plate Motion with GPS Data
DATA: EarthScope GPS Data. TOOLS: Spreadsheet, Google Maps. SUMMARY: Learn how GPS monuments make precise measurements of Earth's surface. Graph motion data and map velocity vectors to explore tectonic motion and surface deformation in the Pacific Northwest.

VEPP: GPS data, vectors and volcano monitoring: an exercise for introductory geology students based on VEPP data part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Volcano Exploration Project: Pu`u `O`o:Examples
Martha House, Pasadena City College
Brief three-line description of the activity or assignment and its strengths (you will have an opportunity to expand on this description later in the form): This exercise is designed to investigate continuous GPS ...

VEPP: Analysis of Inflation-Deflation Events at Pu'u 'Ō'ō Using Tiltmeter Data part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Volcano Exploration Project: Pu`u `O`o:Examples
Jascha Polet, California State Polytechnic University
Brief three-line description of the activity or assignment and its strengths (you will have an opportunity to expand on this description later in the form): This activity is a homework exercise with an ...

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