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Classifying Fossils Using Everyday Objects
Elizabeth Rhenberg, Ohio State University-Main Campus
Students in a groups determine which everyday objects are related to each other.

Topic: Paleontology

Candy Phylogeny
Lisa Whitenack, Allegheny College
Students learn how make phylogenetic trees from morphological data using a variety of candy. Techniques and concepts learned include outgroup analysis, making a character matrix, coding characters, parsimony, ...

Topic: Paleontology

Wind Landforms
Lisa Tranel, Illinois State University
In this assignment, students evaluate depositional and erosional landforms created by wind processes. This exercise looks at sand dune and yardang features using satellite images and topographic maps in an online ...

Stratigraphic Section Investigation
Alex Lechler, Pacific Lutheran University
This lab exercise provides a hypothetical, regional stratigraphic section for students to interpret with regards to depositional environment and tectonic change through time. The assignment is designed to develop ...

Topic: Sedimentary Geology

Earth Science in the News Investigation
Alex Lechler, Pacific Lutheran University
This is a writing assignment intended to get to students to think about the relevance of Earth Science to their everyday lives. Students are asked to read a short news article, selecting 1 of 3 articles provided as ...

Topic: Paleoclimatology, Geomorphology

Mechanisms of Evolution
Rene Shroat-Lewis, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
This exercise uses simple experiments to examine the process of natural selection, which is driven by variation in genetic traits within a population, the potential for offspring to inherit traits from their ...

Topic: Paleontology

Sequence-stratigraphic and mass-balance analysis of experimental stratigraphy
Liz Hajek, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Sequence-stratigraphic and mass-balance analysis of experimental stratigraphy. Students are charged with evaluating how basin subsidence geometry influences depositional patterns. In addition to providing practice ...

Topic: Sedimentary Geology

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

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

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 ...


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