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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.
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
Weathering - interrelation of chemical and physical weathering
Anne Carey, Ohio State University-Main Campus
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.