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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 ...

Teaching Geoscience with Video Snips part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Videos:Activities
Scott Brande, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
Video snips are short video segments of live footage of geologic processes (settling sand, cleaving minerals, or landslides) used to engage students, foster discussion, and stimulate higher order thinking skills. ...

Learning About Marine Sediments Using Real Data part of Cutting Edge:Courses: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.

ConcepTest: Changing Magnetic Inclination part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
The location of the magnetic North Pole migrated slowly northward over the last century. Assuming that you live in North America, how did magnetic inclination readings of your city change between 1904 and 2004? a. ...

ConcepTest: Location of Largest Earthquakes part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Two ocean basins of identical size are almost surrounded by continents. The oceanic lithosphere below Ocean A is bordered by plate boundaries. The sea floor under Ocean B has a plate boundary running along its ...

ConcepTest: Location of Most Frequent Earthquakes part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Two ocean basins of identical size are almost surrounded by continents. The oceanic lithosphere below Ocean A is bordered by plate boundaries. The sea floor under Ocean B has a plate boundary running along its ...

ConcepTest: Location of Shallow Earthquakes part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Two ocean basins of identical size are almost surrounded by continents. The oceanic lithosphere below Ocean A is bordered by plate boundaries. The sea floor under Ocean B has a plate boundary running along its ...

ConcepTest: Divergent Boundary part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
The figures below show the location of a plate boundary (dashed line) and the distribution of earthquake foci (filled circles). The color of the filled circle indicates the depth of the earthquake focus. Given the ...

ConcepTest: EQ and Convergent Boundary Sketch2 part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
The figure below was drawn by a student to show the relationship between earthquake epicenters (filled circles) and a convergent plate boundary (red line). The figure represents a boundary between an oceanic plate ...

ConcepTest: EQs at Convergent Boundaries part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
The figures below show the location of a plate boundary (red line) and the distribution of earthquake epicenters (filled black circles). The size of the filled circle indicates the earthquake magnitude. Given the ...

ConcepTest: EQ and Convergent Boundary Sketch part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
The figure below was drawn by a student to show the relationship between earthquake epicenters (filled circles) and a convergent plate boundary (red line). The figure represents a boundary between an oceanic plate ...

ConcepTest: Convergent Boundary part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
The figures below show the location of a plate boundary (dashed line) and the distribution of earthquake foci (filled circles). The color of the filled circle indicates the depth of the earthquake focus. Given the ...

ConcepTest: EQ Intensity and Distance part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Following a shallow earthquake, twenty residents located througout the affected region were surveyed to guage the level of destruction. Their observations were quantified using the Modified Mercalli scale. Which of ...

ConcepTest: EQs at Divergent Boundaries part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
The figures below show the location of a plate boundary (red line) and the distribution of earthquake epicenters (filled black circles). The size of the filled circle indicates the earthquake magnitude. Given the ...

ConcepTest: Oceans by South America #2 part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the image of part of the South American continent and neighboring oceans. (Image courtesy the National Geophysical Data Center.) Which pair of sites is best described as located on or near a continental ...

ConcepTest: Oceans by South America #1 part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the image of part of the South American continent and neighboring oceans. (Image courtesy the National Geophysical Data Center.) Where is a passive continental margin located? a. A b. B

ConcepTest: Oceans by South America #4 part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the image of part of the South American continent and neighboring oceans. (Image courtesy the National Geophysical Data Center.) Which site is located on an abyssal plain? a. D b. B c. C d. A

ConcepTest: Oceans by South America #5 part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the image of part of the South American continent and neighboring oceans. (Image courtesy the National Geophysical Data Center.) Which site is located nearest to a trench? a. D b. B c. C d. A

ConcepTest: World Oceans #1 part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map of the world's oceans and use it to answer the following question. Which of the locations best represents a passive continental margin? a. A b. B c. C d. D

ConcepTest: World Oceans #4 part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map of the world's oceans and use it to answer the following question. Which of the locations best represents an active continental margin? a. D b. A c. F d. E