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# Classroom, Lab and Field Exercises in Geophysics

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Interpretation of plate boundaries from topography, bathymetry, volcanoes, and earthquake focal depths using Google Earth and OneNote part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Jeffrey Nunn, Louisiana State University
Students are provided with data on topography, bathymetry, locations of earthquakes and volcanoes and earthquake focal depths in Google Earth. They are asked to plot a cross-section of topography/bathymetry and ...

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 ...

Driving forces of plate tectonics and the importance of inertia part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Donald Forsyth, Brown University
Simple in class calculations showing that inertia or momentum is completely unimportant in considering the driving forces of plate tectonics

Equation Dictionary part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Jackie 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 ...

Earth Motion Monitor part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Charles Ammon, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
An activity based around the display near real-time seismograms in the classroom.

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, ...

Scientific debate: Mantle plumes part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Deep Earth:Activities
Brennan Jordan, University of South Dakota
A structured format for a debate of the mantle plume hypothesis and alternative hypotheses with supporting materials.

Assesing the angle of subduction using GeoMapApp part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Rory McFadden, Carleton College
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 ...

Reading and responding to geological journal articles part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Rory McFadden, Carleton College
This a semester long activity for students in a plate tectonics course will be read one (or two) geological journal articles every other week on the major topics covered in the course. Students will submit reading ...

Hotspot Lesson: Mantle Plumes part of ERESE:ERESE Activities
Jamie A. Russell, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Related Links Relative Dating Hotspot Theory and Plate Velocities Samoan Hotspot Final Hotspot Project View Lesson Plan at ERESE ...
This lesson introduces the theory of mantle plumes and possible ways of finding evidence to support the theory.