Comparative Planetary Geomorphology
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- Scientific Accuracy
- Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
- Pedagogic Effectiveness
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Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
- Making a cross-section
- General experience with geologic maps
- General knowledge of surficial processes such as plate tectonics and volcanology
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
- Students will investigate geologic features common to the Earth, Moon and Mars, such as volcanoes, impact craters, and fluvial and tectonic features.
- Students will gain experience in using images, data sets, and other planetary data primarily gained from orbiting spacecraft.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
- Students will create geologic maps from orbital images and infer geologic processes and histories of a region based on surface morphology.
- Students will apply their knowledge of terrestrial geology to other planets, incorporating the physical characteristics of the other planet.
Other skills goals for this activity
Description of the activity/assignment
Determining whether students have met the goals
Download teaching materials and tips
- Activity Description/Assignment (Microsoft Word 56kB Apr27 06)
- Poster describing this activity prepared for NAGT Discoveries from Mars workshop (Acrobat (PDF) 4.5MB Apr27 06)