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Classroom Activities for Teaching Sedimentary Geology

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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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Visualizing the Shields Parameter part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Tom Hickson, University of St. Thomas (MN)
The Shields parameter is a fundamental dimensionless variable that embodies the complex factors that interact to initiate motion on a sediment bed. Many students have trouble grasping this (and most other) ...

Constraining sediment source geology and exhumation through conglomerate modeling and lag time part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology: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.