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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: Marine Geology, Sedimentary Geology, Geomorphology

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

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

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: Marine Geology, Sedimentary Geology, 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: Geomorphology, Sedimentary Geology

Exploring topographic steady-state in Taiwan
Karen Gran, University of Minnesota-Duluth
This activity is designed as both an introduction to GIS and an exploration of topographic steady-state. Students analyze DEMs from Taiwan to extract topographic profiles across the range. They reconstruct a series ...

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Topic: Geomorphology

Landscape Evolution Debate
Amanda Schmidt, Oberlin College
Students are assigned to read one of the three papers on tectonic geomorphology (landscape evolution) published by Nature in 2003 (Burbank et al., Dadson et al., and Reiners et al.). All also read the editorial by ...

Topic: Geomorphology

Lag to peak with a stream table
Amanda Schmidt, Oberlin College
Students use a small stream table in groups to investigate how channel form determines the shape of the hydrograph (including lag to peak). They use three channels: no channel (just sediment filling the table), a ...

Topic: Geomorphology

Tectonic Geomorphology: Exploring activity on the San Andreas fault with ArcGIS
Tom Hickson, University of St. Thomas (MN)
In this activity students develop an hypothesis as how slope morphology reflects the timing of motion on a fault, in this case the classic Wallace Creek segment of the San Andreas. It is a scaffolded, problem-based ...

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

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