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Classroom Activities for Teaching Sedimentary Geology

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New Approaches to field-based analysis of stratigraphic sections part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology: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 Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology: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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Designing a sedimentary geology course around field-based class projects that yield publishable research part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology: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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Use of an inquiry approach for exploring relationships between small stream dynamics, channel geometry, and bedform movement part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology: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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Bedform mapping in a coastal environment part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology: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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Bedforms to Facies to Prediction: Walther's Law and Sequence Stratigraphic Analysis, Blackhawk Formation, Utah part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology: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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Virtual Field Trip to the Book Cliffs part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Ann Holmes, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
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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Where Did That Quartzite Clast Come From?: A Problem-Based Provenance Study part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Andrew Hanson, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Students conducted microprobe geochemical provenance studies on quartzite clasts contained within a Tertiary conglomerate in southern Nevada, as well as quartzites that occur in the pre-Cambrian-Mesozoic ...

Use of a Lab-Field Couplet to Link Rock Classification and Facies Interpretation part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Allison Tumarkin-Deratzian, Temple University
Students examine hand samples in the lab, then describe formations and interpret facies succession at a local outcrop. Linked lab and field components doubly reinforce understanding of course concepts.

Calculation of Stream Discharge Required to Move Bed Material part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology: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 ...

Chemical and Physical Weathering Field and Lab Experiment: Development and Testing of Hypotheses part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Lisa Greer, Washington and Lee University
This exercise combines an integrated field and laboratory experiment with a significant scientific writing assignment to address chemical and physical weathering processes via hypothesis development, experimental ...

Increasing the Effectiveness of Undergraduate Field Camp Through the Integration of Preparatory Courses part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
William W. Little, Brigham Young University-Idaho
Four courses; Introduction to Field Geology, Sedimentology & Stratigraphy, Structural Geology, and Advanced Field Methods have been linked to optimize use of time at field camp.

Using field trips to local rivers to enhance student understanding of depositional environments part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Alex Simms, Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
The purpose of this activity is to take advantage of modern rivers to teach basic principles in sedimentology and interpreting past deposits. The students first observe the sedimentological features of a modern ...

Quantitative Analysis vs. Field Estimations: Helping Student to "Make Calls" and Practice Consistent Reporting Techniques when Solving Geological Problems part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Tom Morris, Brigham Young University
This field exercise challenges students, divided into "teams", to calculate the discharge of an ancient exhumed fluvial channel (Jurassic Morrison Formation). In one aspect of the exercise the students ...

Sed/Strat Field Trip - Red Wing, MN part of Activities
Cameron Davidson
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