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Using Field Lab Write-ups to Develop Observational and Critical Thinking Skills part of Structural Geology:Activities
This adaptation of field labs incorporates writing in the form of "Description" and "Interpretation" sections of a geologic report. It can be used in many types of field labs to improve critical ...

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Structural Control of Giant Rock Avalanches in Argentina part of Structural Geology:Activities
Students analyze the influence of bedrock structures on the locations of giant rock avalanches in Argentina. Activity is available in two versions: 1) short case example that can be used as an in-class activity or ...

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Analysis of Sidewalk Fractures part of Structural Geology:Activities
Using fractures in sidewalks as an analog for natural outcrops, students learn to make systematic observations, measure the orientation and location of fractures, manipulate and analyze data, and consider some ...

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Borehole analysis using stereographic projection part of Structural Geology:Activities
Advanced stereonet project using unoriented core structural data. The project gives practice in plotting small circles and in rotations. -

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Metamorphism of siliceous dolostone: An example from the Alta stock, Utah part of Petrology:Teaching Examples
In this exercise students study the low variance mineral assemblages from the contact aureole of the Alta stock to learn how rock and fluid compositions control mineral assemblages during contact metamorphism.

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Using Field Observations and Field Experiences to Teach GeoscienceAn Illustrated Community Discussion part of Geoscience in the Field:Field Experiences:Posters
The introductory level course teaches geology majors basic skills in the context of a field-based problem, the integrating theme for the semester, so that they can more rapidly achieve an advanced skill level in ...

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Evolution of Normal Fault Systems During Progressive Deformation part of Structural Geology:Activities
This activity is based on QuickTime movies and color digital photographs derived from sandbox experiments that produce normal faults in a variety of boundary conditions following experiments developed by Ken ...

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Directed Discovery of Crystal Structures part of Mineralogy:Activities
This online exercise uses a "discovery-based" approach and the latest online crystallographic information and visualization software to teach the spatial relationships and crystal-chemical rules that ...

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Aquifer Elasticity and Specific Storage part of Hydrogeology:Activities
The goal of this experiment is to measure the specific storage Ss of a balloon, which simulates aquifer elasticity. The experiment is designed to give observational meaning to the variable, increment of fluid ...

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Quantifying Groundwater Baseflow and Improving Math Skills through a Stream-Discharge Exercise part of Hydrogeology:Activities
A two-part exercise is presented where students quantify stream discharge and use the data to determine groundwater baseflow. They first use tedious hand calculations to compute discharge; then develop their own ...

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