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The Rock Project part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:Case Studies
Rob Thomas, The University of Montana Western Summary This activity is designed to give students the opportunity to go into the field to collect and analyze primary data and to apply their knowledge of processes ...

How to be a field geologist: an in-class exercise to introduce students to basic outcrop analysis part of Cutting Edge:Geoscience in the Field:Activities
This in-class exercise is designed to give students practice analyzing outcrops before they go on a field trip. First, students watch a short video tutorial on analyzing an outcrop. Then, they are given a color ...

Recognizing and mapping faults using lidar and field data part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
In this activity, students create a geologic map and cross-section of the Fish Springs cinder cone and surrounding area in the Owens Valley, CA, using a high-resolution DEM developed from airborne lidar data as a ...

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The geomorphology of home part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
In this lab, students read and interpret 1) peer-reviewed literature, 2) LIDAR-derived hillshade maps, and 3) the landscape itself to better understand the geomorphology of their local urban/suburban environment ...

Oral Presentation of a Fossil Group part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
Students present a 10 minute Powerpoint presentation on a fossil group of their interest. Illustrations and handouts are required.

How do we recognize and use fossils in outcrop? part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
Students find fossil hunting rewarding and fun. However, it is important that field trips to fossil localities go beyond mere hunting ("Is this a fossil?") and lead students to ask "What is the ...

Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk CT - Field Trip Assignment part of Cutting Edge:Urban Geology:Activities
Self-guided field trip assignment to the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk CT

American Museum of Natural History - Field Trip Assignment part of Cutting Edge:Urban Geology:Activities
Self-guided field trip assignment to AMNH (largely based on the museum's teacher's guide for high school students)

Urban Environmental Excursions: Field trips to connect urban geology students with the world around them part of Cutting Edge:Urban Geology:Activities
Environmentally-themed field trips in urban areas can stimulate student interest in geology and environmental science while providing curricular links to topics such as global warming, energy resources, water ...

Correlating building stone type with building age to introduce the concept of dating rocks using index fossils part of Activity Ideas
Contributed by: Wayne Powell, Brooklyn College Topics: building stones, rocks, rock properties, correlation, relative and absolute dating, index fossils, geologic history Course Type: introductory level This ...

Riverbank rock identification part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
Students collect rocks from a sand-bed river, identify them, and place them on a bedrock geology map of Minnesota to identify the original rock sources.

Hydraulic Geometry and Channel Roughness part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
In this field exercise, students measure channel cross sections in a rough (alluvial) and smooth bedrock-floored reach in a local stream. The students test the hypothesis that increasing roughness decreases average ...

Basic Field Oceanography part of Cutting Edge:Oceanography:Activities
In this activity, students are introduced to the field activity to sample basic oceanographic parameters.

Borehole Logging from Sample Collection to Borehole Geophysics part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
Drilling the borehole is only the beginning. Data collection, handling and interpretation are the most important aspects to the field hydrogeologist. This session will use an exercise that combines both physical ...

Pathogenic Microorganisms in Water part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
This activity introduces students to sampling and testing for microorganisms in different water sources. It also tests iodine tablets to kill coliform bacteria which interest many students. The activity utilizes ...

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Hydrogeologic Mapping part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
A field exercise designed to give the students a visceral understanding of the geometry of the water table and the flow and transport consequences of that geometry.

Biodiversity Count part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Campus-Based Learning:Examples
In this class exercise, students count the number of species they can find in a five minute block of time in both an urban lawn and natural, remnant forest area. The students are introduced to the concept of low ...

Sarita Wetland Restoration part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Campus-Based Learning:Examples
The Sarita Wetland restoration on the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus is used as teaching tools by numerous classes. Students, staff and faculty have collaborated on the planning and implementation of ...

Floodplains in the field (with GIS) part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Teaching with GIS:Examples
In this GIS-enhanced lab, students measure a topographic and geologic cross-section across a floodplain by simple surveying and auguring techniques. -

Names in the Field: A Simple GPS Field Exercise part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Teaching with GIS:Examples
Simple field exercise to introduce the concepts of GPS position data acquisition. Students "write" words in a field and upload the data to map it in GIS or spreadsheet software. -