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Stream Hydrology and Morphology part of Activities
Students create and interpret hydrographs, discharge data, and stream cross-sectional and longitudinal profiles.

Stream and River Water Quality part of Activities
Students visit a stream or river and conduct a site description and assess water quality using a variety of test kits and other field equipment.

Glacier Dynamics and Glacial Landforms part of Activities
Students use a computer model to simulate glacier dynamics and navigate to locations in Google Earth to identify glacial landforms and geomorphic processes.

Stratovolcano and Shield Volcano Morphology, Eruptions, and Seismic Activity part of Activities
Students compare and contrast the morphology, eruptions, and seismic activity of the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption and the 1984 Mauna Loa eruption.

Landslides and the Colorado Front Range Debris Flows of 2013 part of Activities
Students complete two background readings to answer a variety of questions about landslides

The Web Soil Survey part of Activities
Students use the brower-based Web Soil Survey to answer a variety of questions about the soils their campus has been built on

Introduction to Online Topographic Maps part of Activities
Students use geoPDFs and Google Earth topographic map layers to conduct a variety of measurements and answer questions

Introduction to Google Earth part of Activities
Students utilize a variety of tools in Google Earth to answer questions

The Geologic Timescale and Paleoclimates part of Activities
This is a basic exercise in which students utilize a variety of online resources to answer questions about the geologic timescale, major theories in geology, and temporal scales of climate change.

Barrier Islands and Coastal Geomorphology part of Activities
Students use Google Earth to evaluate barrier island evolution and migration and identify coastal landforms.

Playa-Lunette Systems: Environmental Barometers of the High Plains part of Activities
Part 1 - students answer questions based on assigned readings Part 2 - students answer questions based on topographic map analysis Part 3 - students create and interpret paleoclimate proxy record graphs

Introduction to the Geographic Grid part of Activities
This exercise introduces students to the latitude-longitude geographic grid by interpreting data presented on a globe and in an atlas.

Convection Demonstration part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
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Buoyancy and Archimedes Principle part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
Summary Buoyancy is based on Archimedes' Principle which states that the buoyant force acting upward on an object completely or partially immersed in a fluid equals the weight of the fluid displaced by the ...

The Elliptic Orbit part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
Planet motion around a star - introductory activity with interesting animation. The activity allows the student to revile the connection between the kinematics of planet and energy of the planet along the orbit. -

Petroleum Depletion by Inquiry part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This is a draft of a guided inquiry activity to help students become aware of the problem of petroleum depletion or peak oil. Students use existing data to make projections of future discoveries and consumption. It ...

Evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This activity is intended to guide students to apply principles of evolution by natural selection to explain a real world biological phenomenon (the evolution of bacteria populations resistant to common ...

Climate Around the World part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This exercise is designed to provide students with an overview of regional climate variations around the world and promote discussion of factors that create differences in climate around the world. This assignment ...

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Review exercise for introductory Environmental Science course part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This activity could be used toward the end of an Introduction to Environmental Science course (or something similar) as a way to help students review for the exam, and also to make sure they are able to see the ...

Mining - Least Cost lab part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This is an exercise that simulates the basic cost of mining, transportation and manufacturing activities under the concept of Weber's least-cost theory.