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Exploring Barrier Islands in Google Earth
Lonnie Leithold, North Carolina State University at Raleigh
This is an exploration in Google Earth of the links between barrier island morphology and wave and tidal energy.

Topic: Geomorphology, Marine Geology, Sedimentary Geology

Synthetic soup ground trace fossils
Clint Cowan, Carleton College
This is a lab exercise where students make synthetic trace fossils (using fishing lures) that was presented as a scientific study: BIOGENIC SEDIMENTARY STRUCTURES PRODUCED BY WORMS IN SOUPY, SOFT MUDS: OBSERVATIONS ...

Topic: Sedimentary Geology, Paleontology

History of the Gulf of Mexico "Dead" Zone
Martin Farley, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Student analysis of the last 1000 years of the Gulf of Mexico hypoxia zone (informally "dead" zone) by using relative abundance of low-oxygen tolerant benthic foraminifera. In this example of ...

Topic: Paleontology

Sand, Sieves, and Fracking
Margaret McMillan, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Students analyze the physical characteristics of sand to determine if it is suitable for use in hydraulic fracturing.

Topic: Sedimentary Geology

Lag to peak with a stream table
Amanda Schmidt, Oberlin College
Students use a small stream table in groups to investigate how channel form determines the shape of the hydrograph (including lag to peak). They use three channels: no channel (just sediment filling the table), a ...

Topic: Geomorphology

Picture Matching Fossils
Elizabeth Rhenberg, Ohio State University-Main Campus
Teaching the students how to picture match fossils and to use the Treatise to find more information. Students are given a wide range of fossils to look at and appropriate material to match their fossil to an image ...

Topic: Paleontology

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 ...

Moraine Sediments
Lisa Tranel, Illinois State University
In this assignment students look at the provenance of glacial sediments and the size and shape of clasts to investigate the sources of moraine material and what happens as glaciers transport sediment. Students ...


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