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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.
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 ...
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 ...
Using Computer Spatial Technologies (Geoplus Petra) for Subsurface Geological Analysis part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology: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, ...
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 ...
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.
Identifying Facies in a Transgressive Sequence from the Mid-Atlantic Coast part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
David Krantz, University of Toledo
The transgressive coastal sequence will be explored by students in an activity based on high-resolution seismic profiles collected off Assateague Island, Maryland and Virginia.
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.
Delta environments and paleogeography part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
maya elrick, University of New Mexico-Main Campus
One of the most basic and useful aspects of stratigraphy is reconstructing paleogeography using correlated stratigraphic columns. This lab introduces students to the reconstruction of deltaic paleoenvironments ...
From Grains to Basin: An Example of a Project-Based Sedimentology Exercise part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Fraka Harmsen, California State University-Fresno
To help make the connection between thin-section and outcrop, students undertake a field oriented project in Ridge Basin, California.
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 ...
Using data from the Experimental Earthscape Facility (Jurassic tank) to visualize basin-scale stratigraphic architecture part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Activities
Tom Hickson, University of St. Thomas (MN)
Students use digital imagery from an experimental subsiding sedimentary basin to visualize the controls on basin-scale facies architecture, Walther's law, and sequence stratigraphic concepts. Students must ...