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Visualizing Data from a Journal Article: A Critical Thinking Exercise part of Sedimentology, Geomorphology, and Paleontology 2014:Activities
Jeannette Wolak, Tennessee Technological University
This is a take-home exercise for junior or senior-level students in a Sedimentation/Stratigraphy course. It may be used to bridge topics of geomorphology, depositional environments and clastic sedimentology. The ...

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Bedform mapping in a coastal environment part of Activities
Peter Lea, Bowdoin College
Students use a learning cycle of prediction-observation- comparison to investigate diverse bedforms exposed at low tide at a beach/inlet/tidal-delta complex and to relate them to formative flows.

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Long-Term Sedimentology Projects Using Local Geological and Environmental Problems part of Activities
David Franzi, SUNY College at Plattsburgh
Project-based exercises engage students in all aspects of the scientific inquiry, reinforce previously learned concepts and information and provide longer periods of time for students to analyze and synthesize ...

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Digital Sandstone Tutorial part of Activities
Kitty Milliken, University of Texas at Austin, The
The Tutorial Petrographic Image Atlas is designed to give students more exposure to petrographic features than they can get during organized laboratory periods.

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Bedforms to Facies to Prediction: Walther's Law and Sequence Stratigraphic Analysis, Blackhawk Formation, Utah part of Activities
Tom Morris, Brigham Young University
This field exercise challenges students to apply their knowledge of bedforms to interpret facies within a vertical section of the Blackhawk Formation, Utah. The students draft a vertical succession of the outcrop ...

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Deriving bedform phase diagrams part of Activities
Tom Hickson, University of St. Thomas (MN)
Students derive bedform phase diagrams from Middleton and Southard (1984) by plotting the original data (stolen using DataThief software from the publication) in Excel and defining bedform field boundaries. These ...

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New Approaches to field-based analysis of stratigraphic sections part of Activities
Paul Myrow, Colorado College
This is a field-based project that is designed to teach students how to interpret processes of deposition and paleoenvironments from outcrop.

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Designing Sedimentary Geology Courses Around Field Projects With Realistic Scenarios part of Activities
Bosiljka Glumac, Smith College
Sedimentary geology courses can be structured around field projects that take advantage of the local geology and are placed within realistic situations to demonstrate the relevance of the work that sedimentologists ...

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Pre-assessment: Gauging students' preparedness for Sedimentary Geology part of Activities
Larry Lemke, Wayne State University
This activity presents a process for assessing (1) students' educational background and field experience related to sedimentary geology, and (2) students' familiarity with selected concepts and ...

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Use of an inquiry approach for exploring relationships between small stream dynamics, channel geometry, and bedform movement part of Activities
Kerry Keen, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
This group activity allows students to identify questions in the field on an actual physical system (in this case a small sand and gravel bed stream), then design experiments to answer their own questions. The ...

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Using Computer Spatial Technologies (Geoplus Petra) for Subsurface Geological Analysis part of Activities
Dave Barnes, Western Michigan University
The lab project is a culminating activity (following work with conventional core and petrophysical logs) in which the students compile a subsurface "project" using computer spatial technology software, ...

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Fluvial and Alluvial Sedimentology Incorporating Google Earth part of Activities
Elizabeth Cassel, Franklin and Marshall College
A lab activity for an undergraduate sedimentary geology course focused on fluvial and alluvial sedimentology, incorporating Google Earth.

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Designing a sedimentary geology course around field-based class projects that yield publishable research part of Activities
James Ebert, SUNY College at Oneonta
Field-based research projects can be the heart of a course in sedimentary geology. Course content, organization, readings and laboratory experiences are dictated by the nature of the specific project. Less content ...

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Sediments and the Global Carbon Cycle part of Activities
Lonnie Leithold, North Carolina State University
This is a series of exercises designed to introduce undergraduate students to the role of sediments and sedimentary rocks in the global carbon cycle and the use of stable carbon isotopes to reconstruct ancient ...

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Virtual Field Trip to the Book Cliffs part of Activities
Ann Holmes, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, The
Problem-based learning techniques have been applied to geological datasets collected and published about the Cretaceous Book Cliffs exposures in Utah.

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Calculation of Stream Discharge Required to Move Bed Material part of Activities
Reed Schwimmer, Rider University
Students will measure stream velocity, depth, and grain sizes across two channel transects. After constructing both a longitudinal profile and two cross sections, students will calculate the discharge required to ...

Moraine Sediments part of Sedimentology, Geomorphology, and Paleontology 2014:Activities
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 ...

Subsurface sequence stratigraphic correlation using well logs part of Activities
M. Royhan Gani, University of New Orleans
Subsurface well logs (gamma and resistivity) are used to construct a cross section based on sequence stratigraphic principles. In this assignment, students will learn how to correlate well logs applying basic ...

Core Description, Stratigraphic Correlation, and Mapping: A capstone project for an undergraduate course in Sedimentary Geology part of Activities
Dave Matchen, Concord University
A month long, capstone project designed to introduce students to stratigraphy and mapping of sedimentary units using real world data.

Constraining sediment source geology and exhumation through conglomerate modeling and lag time part of Activities
Barbara Carrapa, University of Wyoming
This assignment is part of the Tectonics and Sedimentation course (graduate to post graduate level) and is aimed at this enhancing students' capability of independently assessing complex scientific issues.

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