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Experiments with particle settling
Lonnie Leithold, North Carolina State University at Raleigh
In this activity, students experiment with the effects of Reynolds numbers (viscosity), particle shape, and particle concentration (flocculation) on settling velocity.

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Topic: Geomorphology, Marine Geology, Sedimentary Geology

An Introduction to Seismic Interpretation Using Open Source Software (OpendTect)
Jeannette Wolak, Tennessee Technological University
This is a series of three lab exercises integrating seismic interpretation and sedimentary geology. Each lab uses freely available software from dGB Earth Sciences, OpendTect. The seismic volume is the F3 Block in ...

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Topic: Geomorphology, Marine Geology, Sedimentary Geology

Introduction to GIS through river meandering and landslide mapping
Karen Gran, University of Minnesota-Duluth
The primary goal of this lab is to develop basic ArcGIS skills for geomorphology students and give them a taste of what is possible in GIS. The lab is written for the GIS novice, and thus includes detailed ...

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Topic: Geomorphology

Meander Migration in the Amazon Basin
Les Hasbargen, SUNY College at Oneonta
This activity is targeted at introductory to upper division undergraduate courses in geomorphology or Earth system science. Students view time series animation of satellite imagery of part of the Amazon River basin ...

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Topic: Sedimentary Geology, Geomorphology

Developing a stream restoration proposal
Gabrielle David, Boston College
Students spend the semester developing a stream restoration proposal for a local watershed. Students are asked to collect geomorphic field data and use these data to design a restoration plan.

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Topic: Geomorphology

Stream Morphometry, Stream Flow, Stream Competence
Alec Aitken, University of Saskatchewan
This exercise combines field activities (i.e., topographic survey of a point bar; sediment sampling with a soil auger), laboratory analysis (i.e., particle size analysis of fluvial sediments), topographic map ...

Topic: Geomorphology

Aeolian Processes
Alec Aitken, University of Saskatchewan
This activity explores the environmental variables that influence wind erosion. Key words: aeolian, fluid threshold, impact threshold,sedeiment entrainment and transport, particle size analysis

Topic: Geomorphology

Glacier Goo Erosion Experiments
Rachel Headley, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Using a glacier proxy, students design an experiment to connect glacial erosion with glacial flow. Students choose from a variety of materials, determined what question they want their experiment or experiments to ...

Topic: Geomorphology

Sensitivity Analysis of Wind Strength
James King, Indiana University-Bloomington
This problem set introduces univariate and bivariate sensitivity analysis using the horizontal velocity profile of the wind in Matlab. This can be easily adapted for river flow, wind chill temperature, etc.

Topic: Geomorphology

Hillslope diffusion
Jeni McDermott, University of St. Thomas (MN)
This lab is designed to help students apply hillslope diffusion equations (derived in class prior to the lab) to understand real-world hillslopes. The major goal is a deeper understanding of hillslope processes and ...

Topic: Geomorphology

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