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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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
Semester Long Martian Research Project part of Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
Erin Kraal, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
These project materials scaffold students through a semester-long, original research project. This specific project was developed using the online planetary science database JMARS. Weekly assignments guide ...
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 ...
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 ...
Geologic Mapping on Mars part of Discoveries from Mars:Activities
Germari De Villiers, Auburn University Main Campus
This lab acivity gives students the opportunity to choose an area to map (with tracing paper and coloured pencils) from among some varied Martian terrains. -