Geologic Maps and Geologic Structures: A Texas Example
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This page first made public: May 22, 2008
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
Prior to handing out this exercise, I use about an hour of the three-hour lab for instruction on geologic structures, emphasizing folding and faulting.
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
- Students learn about the geology of the state of Texas.
- Students become more familiar with the use of geologic maps, a skill used throughout the semester-long course.
- Reinforces previously learned concepts of stratigraphic sections and geologic cross sections. Students must use these to answer lab questions.
- Reinforces concepts of folding and faulting, introduced in lab class instruction prior to handing out lab exercise.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
- Knowledge -- Observation and recall of information
Knowledge -- Examining and "labeling" geologic maps
Comprehension -- Understanding information
Application -- Using information
Application -- Calculations and measurements
Analysis -- Pattern recognition
Synthesis -- Relate knowledge from several areas
Synthesis -- Make predictions, draw conclusions
Other skills goals for this activity
Description of the activity/assignment
This activity could be adapted to other regions, since most states have color 8 1/2 by 11 geologic maps available. A color map could be scanned and modified in Photoshop to create a simplified black and white version as was done in the assignment handout.
Determining whether students have met the goals
Download teaching materials and tips
- Activity Description/Assignment (Acrobat (PDF) 892kB May22 08)
(Shows stops along optional overnight field trip taken late in each semester.)