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Using Geophysical Field Studies as the Focus for Problem-Based Learning (PBL) in an Introductory Geophysics Course part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Paul Kelso, Lake Superior State University
Using field geophysics projects as the focus of problem based learning activities in an introductory geophysics course provides students with the opportunity to work and think as geophysicists. Students are ...

Resistivity Profile in an Urban Setting part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
William Montgomery, New Jersey City University
Activity in an urban setting that includes an electrical resistivity line and hydrogeological information from nearby monitoring wells that enables students to create a meaningful interpretation of subsurface ...

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 ...

Locating and Measuring Earthquakes Using Real Seismic Data part of 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.

Bac-Ho Consulting Project (Near-Surface Geophysics) part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Gregory Baker, University of Tennessee, The
This objective of the lab is to have students think as much about sampling and survey design as the EM and GPR methods. Their goal of will be to design, execute, and report on a survey-using each technique-based on ...

Seafloor Spreading and Magnetic Anomalies part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Donna Jurdy, Northwestern University
Students use seafloor maps of magnetic anomalies to compare and establish the spreading rates in the Atlantic and the Eastern Pacific Oceans.

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 ...

Volcano Homework Assignment part of 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 ...

Ray Paths part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Students work in groups to "walk" through the ray paths of the direct wave, ground roll, reflected wave, and refracted wave. This exercise gives them a visual image of the ray paths as well as the ability ...

Sequenced writing assignment part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Steven Jaume, College of Charleston
An iterative term paper where students include new geophysical data in each new version. This allows the instructor to work closely with the student and point out how different geophysical datasets constrain ...

Use of Seismic Refraction in the Characterization of Alluvial Aquifers part of 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 ...

Groundwater Depth and Fracture Pattern Determination part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Lawrence L. Malinconico, Lafayette College
Learning to use the resistivity methodology for both vertical profiling and horizontal mapping.

Gravity and Magnetic Consulting Project part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Lawrence L. Malinconico, Lafayette College
This project involves the design, implementation, data collection, analysis and report writing for gravity and magnetic survey conducted over a two month period during the course.

Learning how to use resistivity soundings for interpretation of subsurface stratigraphy part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Remke Van Dam, Michigan State University
This activity uses a combination of field measurements, lab experiments and simple modeling to develop an understanding of electrical resistivity methods as a tool in geology and hydrology. Students work in groups ...

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 ...

Looking for Gas Layers in Anadarko Basin, Oklahoma part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Constantin Cranganu, CUNY Brooklyn College
The students perform a well log analysis in order to discover gas-bearing layers in a sedimentary basin (Anadarko)

Find the UST with GPR part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
William Montgomery, New Jersey City University
Field-based activity that uses GPR to find an underground storage tank (UST). Optionally, data provided with the activity enables lab or class use as well. Activity can be enhanced with use of GPS unit that takes ...

Well Logs part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Kevin Brewer, Olivet Nazarene University
This lab is an exercise focused on wells and well logs. In it, the student will examine four well logs, correlate major unit boundaries, and construct three figures: a cross-section diagram, a structure map, and an ...

Using physical observations to guess the interior of a globe part of Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Devin Castendyk, SUNY College at Oneonta
This activity introduces students to the need for geophysics and the application of several geophysical methods commonly employed. Students are given a hollow globe that contains various objects and asked to infer ...