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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

End of course critter exam
Rene Shroat-Lewis, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
In order to pass the paleobiology class, students must pass a critter test, which contains 25 different fossils. Students are asked to identify the fossils in as detailed a manner as possible.

Topic: Paleontology

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

Geomorphology and place
Margaret McMillan, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Students choose a place that is named based on its relationship to geomorphology. They research and describe the geologic template, geologic processes and time involved in the formation of their chosen place and ...

Topic: Geomorphology

When should we move the marina?
Tom Hickson, University of St. Thomas (MN)
In this assignment students use real world data to solve an applied problem in geomorphology. They use ArcGIS and time sequential aerial photography to determine when a marina on Lake Mead must be moved to avoid ...

Topic: Sedimentary Geology, Geomorphology

Karst Landscapes of the Interior Low Plateaus
David Franzi, SUNY College at Plattsburgh
This laboratory exercise examines the linkages between ground and surface water hydrology and landscape evolution in the Interior Low Plateaus Region of Kentucky. The exercise focuses upon the origin of Mammoth ...

Topic: Geomorphology

Sand Stories
Hilary Christensen, Bates College
The objective of this project is to use a sample of sand from a give are to tell its geologic history. Each student is given a 50 mL tube of sand labeled with the latitude and longitude of where it was found. They ...

Topic: Geomorphology, Sedimentary Geology

Field Museum Assignment
Hilary Christensen, Bates College
The assignments consists of three essay questions, of which the students were required to complete two of their choice. During a trip to the Field Museum, Chicago, the students were required to use the museum ...

Topic: Paleontology

stream hydrology field lab
Anne Carey, Ohio State University-Main Campus
In this lab we take a brief field trip to Adena Brook, a first order tributary of the Olentangy River in central Ohio. We observe the stream, its setting, its bedrock, determine some stream velocity profiles, and ...

Topic: Geomorphology


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