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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

An abrupt global climate change event in Earth history- Evidence from the ocean
Kevin Theissen, University of St. Thomas (MN)
Students work in pairs to explore and synthesize key paleoceanographic evidence for the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM)as found in marine sediment cores collected and analyzed during Ocean Drilling Program ...

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Topic: Paleoclimatology, Marine Geology

Exploring El Niño
Kevin Theissen, University of St. Thomas (MN)
In this introductory-level lab activity, students first view a 20-minute portion of an informative video to learn about the operation of an array of moored buoys that is used to detect changes in the El Niño ...

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Topic: Marine Geology, Paleoclimatology

Comparing subsidence rates in different tectonic settings
Liz Hajek, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Think-pair-share and jig-saw activity asking students to study and compare subsidence curves from different tectonic settings.

Topic: Marine Geology, Sedimentary Geology

Dredge Planning Using Sub-Bottom SONAR
Brad Hubeny, Salem State University
This project is designed to give students valuable geophysical experience in conducting an environmental assessment of a real-world problem. A scenario is developed in which students work for "Viking ...

Topic: Geomorphology, Marine Geology, Sedimentary Geology

Estuarine Salinity Distribution and Classification Project
Brad Hubeny, Salem State University
This is a field and lab activity in which students collect CTD data in a local estuary, contour the data, and analyze the results to classify the estuary based on standard classification schemes.

Topic: Marine Geology

Exploring sea level change in Google Earth
Lonnie Leithold, North Carolina State University at Raleigh
This is a short activity that uses Google Earth to explore sea-level change as measured by tidal gauges around the world

Topic: Sedimentary Geology, Marine Geology

Exploring Barrier Islands in Google Earth
Lonnie Leithold, North Carolina State University at Raleigh
This is an exploration in Google Earth of the links between barrier island morphology and wave and tidal energy.

Topic: Geomorphology, Marine Geology, Sedimentary Geology

Quantification of Critical Shear Stress
Lonnie Leithold, North Carolina State University at Raleigh
This is a lab activity designed to give students experience with the concept and quantification of critical shear stress.

Topic: Geomorphology, Marine Geology, Sedimentary Geology


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