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Classroom, Lab and Field Exercises in Geophysics

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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

Seismogram Patterns part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Charles Ammon, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
I assign this homework on the first day of class, after discussing the nature of science and mathematics, and the integral role of patterns in scientific discovery. The specific goal is to have students carefully ...

Introduction to Plate Tectonics part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Elizabeth Cochran, University of California-Riverside
Uses maps created in Google Earth to explore concepts of plate tectonics including locations of plate boundaries, age of the sea floor, and distribution of earthquakes

Seismic refraction exercise for a hydrogeology course part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Devin Castendyk, SUNY College at Oneonta
This problem has students analyze seismic refraction data to determine the depth to the water table and stratigraphy. Simple, useful, and gratifying.

Ground-penetrating and Space-born Radar part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Susan Sakimoto, University of Notre Dame
This is a introductory lecture on ground-penetrating radar and space-born radar, a classroom data classifying activity, and descriptions of field and extended activities.

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, ...

Earthquake Magnitude - Linking Earthquake Magnitude and Intensity part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Eric Baer, Highline Community College
An activity that helps students link earthquake magnitude and intensity.

Measuring the Gravity Field: "The Stairwell Lab" part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Samuel Peavy, Georgia Southwestern State University
This lab teaches the student how to use a gravimeter by measuring gravity in a stairwell. A plot of the data set will yield and estimate of the elevation correction.

Magnetometer Survey part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Michael Harris, James Madison University
This activity collects two sets of magnetic data, using two different types of magnetometers, one which collects individual data points, and one that collects continuous readings. Both methods have pros and cons, ...

Free-Air Gravity part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Students use gravity measurements to estimate the height to the top of a platform in the Howe-Russell Attrium. This assignment is used to show the precision of gravity measurements and the Free-Air correction

Seismic Refraction part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Robert Cicerone, Bridgewater State University
This lab allows the students to review the relevant formulas for the analysis of seismic refraction data and provides three different data sets to analyze three different geologic settings (three-layer model, ...

Seismology and Global Earth Structure part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Robert Cicerone, Bridgewater State University
This laboratory exercise reviews the basic concepts of how seismic body waves travel through the Earth and how seismologists use these waves to determine global Earth structure. Also, the students analyze waveforms ...

Velocity analysis of the Viking Graben dataset part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
John Stockwell, Colorado School of Mines
Using the CWP/SU: Seismic Un*x package, perform velocity analysis on the Viking Graben data to create a representation of the velocity field (RMS and approximate interval velocities).

Digital Analysis of Geophysical Signals and Waves/Digital Recording part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
George Jiracek, San Diego State University
Sampling (digitizing) of geophysical data is explained using animations by multiplications in the time or space domains by Dirac combs and boxcar functions. Pitfalls in this process can render digital data totally ...

Digital Analysis of Geophysical Signals and Waves (DAGSAW)/Filtering part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
George Jiracek, San Diego State University
Filtering is one of the most important steps in geophysical data recording and processing since it is present in all geophysical analysis. Filtering is explained in the Digital Analysis of Geophysical Signals and ...

The gravitational attractive force of the English Dept. part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Bill Witte, University of Alaska Fairbanks
By measuring the gravitational force in the basement and on the roof of the Gruening Bldg. students will determine the gravitational attraction of the building and its contents and estimate the mass of the ...

Exploring Earthquake Hazards with GIS part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Constantin Cranganu, CUNY Brooklyn College
This activity is a straightforward application of GIS to assessment of earthquake hazards. The students get more modeling skills with GIS and a better understanding of earthquake hazards.

Laboratory on Reverse Time Migration part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
John Dunbar, Baylor University
Students use an finite element wave propagation program running on a PC to model the forward and reverse wave propagation steps in reverse time migration. Conceptual understanding is aided by watching the ...

The Woodlark Basin as a Natural Laboratory for the Study of the Geological Sciences part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Andrew Goodliffe, University of Alabama, The
This activity is designed to show introductory physical geology students how geoscientists use many different types of data to solve a geological problem. In this exercise the students integrate basic geological ...

Atlantic City Mapping Project part of Cutting Edge:Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
Peter Knoop, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
The Atlantic City project combines magnetic and gravimetric surveys with standard geological field mapping techniques. Lack of outcrops and Banded Iron Formations (BIFs) are a key features of the mapping area, and ...