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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

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

Fossil Jeopardy
Leigh Fall, SUNY College at Oneonta
This activity is an invertebrate fossil review in the format of Jeopardy to provide a fun opportunity for students to prepare for their fossil practical.

Topic: Paleontology

Tree Ring Data and Environmental Variables
Erica Bigio, The University of Arizona
This activity uses Bristlecone pine tree-ring data to understand how tree growth is related to environmental variables. It can be used to test hypotheses about how tree growth has been increasing with increasing ...

Topic: Paleoclimatology

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

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

Stoke's Law Problem Set
Rachel Headley, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
This is a problem set that involves the calculation of velocities from a Reynolds number, determination of Stoke's Law applicability, and calculation of settling velocities for a variety of grain sizes and ...

Topic: Sedimentary Geology

Observing Abandoned and Undersized Valleys to Investigate the Drainage History of the Cincinnati Area
Sarah Johnson, Northern Kentucky University
Using a digital elevation model, prehistoric drainage and modern drainage in google earth, students will locate abandoned valleys, interpret prehistoric drainage orientations, measure and compare valley and channel ...

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

Building an Idealized Stratigraphic Sequence Clastic Shoreline Example
William W. Little, Brigham Young University-Idaho
The purpose of this exercise is to guide students through the process of constructing a stratigraphic sequence based on understanding relationships between the production of space and filling that space with ...

Topic: Sedimentary Geology


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