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Observations and Measurements in Geology part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Stacey Cochiara, New Jersey City University
This exercise gives students an introduction to topics they will encounter throughout the semester, and future course work. It covers plate tectonics, weathering, and basic rock descriptions.

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Relative Dating on Earth and Mars part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Sara Harris, University of British Columbia
Students apply principles of relative dating to a cross-section, then to the surface of Mars.

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Using THEMIS Images of Mars Graben in a Structural Geology Course part of Discoveries from Mars:Activities
Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College
Students use Mars THEMIS images of normal faults to learn to recognize features of normal faults systems that are typically obscured on Earth by erosion and/or deposition and to calculate displacement and estimate ...

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Did it Rain on Mars? Analysis of Valley Networks on Mars in an Intro Geo Course part of Discoveries from Mars:Activities
Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College
Students investigate the question of whether it might have rained on Mars by doing an activity based on an article by Hynek and Phillips (2003). Students do a simple drainage basin analysis based on Hynek and ...

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Incomprehensibly Small and Incomprehensibly Large part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Vince Cronin, Baylor University
Students are asked to consider the length scales of the universe, from smallest to largest. Using a logarithmic scale in cm units, various distances are resolved ranging from the smallest meaningful length in ...

Venus, Earth's structural sister: Investigations using radar imagery part of Structural Geology:Activities
Vicki Hansen, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Students conduct fieldwork on Venus without leaving the lab. Concepts include basic mapping principles, remote data set interpretation, structure morphology and interaction, rheology, temporal relations, and ...

Mars Landing Site Selection: An exercise in reading geologic maps and other geologic data sets part of Discoveries from Mars:Activities
Tracy Gregg, SUNY College at Buffalo
Students use available Mars data to select the next rover landing sites, given appropriate engineering, geologic and biologic constraints. -

Visualizing Sun Position of the Seasons part of Visualization:Examples
Chris Sinton, Ithaca College
The goal of the exercise is to help students visualize and better understand how the sun changes apparent position over the course of the seasons.

Analytical and Numerical Insight into Lava Flows and Cinder Cones on Earth, Mars and Venus part of Discoveries from Mars:Activities
Eric Grosfils, Pomona College
This three part exercise introduces students to comparative planetary geology using volcanology as the subject and both analytical and (for visualization of cone-building processes) numerical methods. Material ...

Estimating Discharge from Ares Vallis Using Pathfinder Images and MOLA Topography part of Discoveries from Mars:Activities
Eric Grosfils, Pomona College
Students use Pathfinder lander images and MOLA topography, in combination with tools including a Hjulstrom diagram, ternary plot and a simple Manning equation, to estimate the discharge through Ares Vallis on Mars ...

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