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Drag Coefficient Estimates Using a Smoke Wind Tunnel
James King, Indiana University-Bloomington
This lab exercise utilizes a small (and relatively easy to make) wind tunnel with a fog tracer that helps students visualize the flow dynamics around obstacles. In this exercise the use of cylinders perpendicular ...

Topic: Geomorphology, Sedimentary Geology

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

Topic: Geomorphology

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: Sedimentary Geology, Geomorphology, Marine 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

Trilobite Ontogeny Lab
Samantha Hopkins, University of Oregon
This lab explores ontogenetic differences in trilobites, requiring students to measure and describe differences in the sizes of different morphological features as trilobites age. Students will also reinforce ...

Topic: Paleontology

Fossil Systematic Description Project
Samantha Hopkins, University of Oregon
Students describe an unknown vertebrate fossil (or fossils, if multiple specimens are necessary for identification). This exercise is the culmination of their lab studies in the morphology of the vertebrate ...

Topic: Paleontology

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: Geomorphology, Sedimentary Geology

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

Measuring Sedimentary Structures for Paleocurrent Reconstruction
Kyle Fredrick, California University of Pennsylvania
This is a combination field/lab exercise for an upper-level Sedimentology course. Students will use Brunton compasses to collect structural and sedimentological data. Orientation data will be analyzed using Rose ...

Topic: Sedimentary Geology

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