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Grand Strand Geology and its impact on Beach Nourishment
Martin Farley, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Brief analysis of the geologic setting of the Grand Strand (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and vicinity) coast and the limited occurrence of sand suitable for beach re-nourishment. Students use a USGS Fact Sheet to ...

Stream Morphometry, Stream Flow, Stream Competence
Alec Aitken, University of Saskatchewan
This exercise combines field activities (i.e., topographic survey of a point bar; sediment sampling with a soil auger), laboratory analysis (i.e., particle size analysis of fluvial sediments), topographic map ...

Topic: Geomorphology

Stoke's Law Problem Set
Rachel Headley, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
This is a problem set that involves the calculation of velocities from a Reynolds number, determination of Stoke's Law applicability, and calculation of settling velocities for a variety of grain sizes and ...

Topic: Sedimentary Geology

Pictionary-like game play to improve observation and description skills
Jeni McDermott, University of St. Thomas (MN)
This activity using group pictionary-type play to improve and hone student observational and descriptive skills.

Topic: Geomorphology

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

Google Earth Tectonic Landforms
Kyle Fredrick, California University of Pennsylvania
This activity from a Geomorphology course is designed to familiiarize students with using Google Earth, as well as making the connection between features they see in a map or satellite view vs. what they might see ...

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: Sedimentary Geology, Geomorphology

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


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