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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 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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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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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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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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Virtual Field Trip to the Book Cliffs part of 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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Growing Salt: An Independent Course Research Project Investigating Chemical Sediments part of Activities
Kathy Benison, Central Michigan University
In this assignment, students design, implement, and report on their own mini-research project involving the growth of salts. This gives students practical research experience, as well a better understanding of how ...

Use of a Lab-Field Couplet to Link Rock Classification and Facies Interpretation part of 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.

Formation and preservation of raindrop imprints part of Activities
Carol Mankiewicz, Beloit College
Students design an experiment to investigate the formation and/or preservation of raindrop imprints. Students experience working in groups, designing an experiment, collecting data, and presenting data both orally ...

Using a Flume to Demonstrate Fluid Properties and Sediment Transport part of Activities
Jill Singer, Buffalo State - SUNY
A laboratory recirculating flume offers ideal opportunities for conducting demonstrations designed to help students observe and understand a variety of fluid properties and the basics of sediment entrainment and ...

Using field trips to local rivers to enhance student understanding of depositional environments part of 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 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 ...