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Observations and Measurements in Geology
Stacey Cochiara, New Jersey City University
This exercise gives students an introduction to topics they will encounter throughout the semester, and future course work. It covers plate tectonics, weathering, and basic rock descriptions.

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Runaway Greenhouse Effect Exercise
Rebecca Teed, Wright State University-Main Campus
This site has a collection of role-playing exercises that provide the students with equations and data to use in collaborative problem-solving. -

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Semester Long Martian Research Project
Erin Kraal, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
These project materials scaffold students through a semester-long, original research project. This specific project was developed using the online planetary science database JMARS. Weekly assignments guide ...

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The Earth's Heat Budget
Roy Plotnick, University of Illinois at Chicago
Hands-on laboratory activity that allows students to investigate the effects of distance and angle on the input of solar radiation at the Earth's surface; the role played by albedo; and the heat capacity of ...

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Relative Dating on Earth and Mars
Sara Harris, University of British Columbia
Students apply principles of relative dating to a cross-section, then to the surface of Mars.

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Using THEMIS Images of Mars Graben in a Structural Geology Course
Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College
Students use Mars THEMIS images of normal faults to learn to recognize features of normal faults systems that are typically obscured on Earth by erosion and/or deposition and to calculate displacement and estimate ...

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Did it Rain on Mars? Analysis of Valley Networks on Mars in an Intro Geo Course
Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College
Students investigate the question of whether it might have rained on Mars by doing an activity based on an article by Hynek and Phillips (2003). Students do a simple drainage basin analysis based on Hynek and ...

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Incomprehensibly Small and Incomprehensibly Large
Vince Cronin, Baylor University
Students are asked to consider the length scales of the universe, from smallest to largest. Using a logarithmic scale in cm units, various distances are resolved ranging from the smallest meaningful length in ...

Analytical and Numerical Insight into Lava Flows and Cinder Cones on Earth, Mars and Venus
Eric Grosfils, Pomona College
This three part exercise introduces students to comparative planetary geology using volcanology as the subject and both analytical and (for visualization of cone-building processes) numerical methods. Material ...

Estimating Discharge from Ares Vallis Using Pathfinder Images and MOLA Topography
Eric Grosfils, Pomona College
Students use Pathfinder lander images and MOLA topography, in combination with tools including a Hjulstrom diagram, ternary plot and a simple Manning equation, to estimate the discharge through Ares Vallis on Mars ...

Venus, Earth's structural sister: Investigations using radar imagery
Vicki Hansen, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Students conduct fieldwork on Venus without leaving the lab. Concepts include basic mapping principles, remote data set interpretation, structure morphology and interaction, rheology, temporal relations, and ...

Phases of the Moon
Rebecca Teed, Wright State University
This exercise has students use a simple physical model of the Earth, sun, and moon to understand why the moon changes phases from the perspective of Earthly observers. -

Mars Landing Site Selection: An exercise in reading geologic maps and other geologic data sets
Tracy Gregg, SUNY College at Buffalo
Students use available Mars data to select the next rover landing sites, given appropriate engineering, geologic and biologic constraints. -

Visualizing Sun Position of the Seasons
Chris Sinton, Ithaca College
The goal of the exercise is to help students visualize and better understand how the sun changes apparent position over the course of the seasons.

Geologic Mapping on Mars
Germari De Villiers, Auburn University Main Campus
This lab acivity gives students the opportunity to choose an area to map (with tracing paper and coloured pencils) from among some varied Martian terrains. -

Mars Hydrologic Environments
Arwen Vidal, University of Colorado at Boulder
This activity examines the nature of streams and basins at three locations on Mars. Originally meant for users with access to ArcGIS, the exercise can also be used in introductory geology courses using images ...

Comparative Planetary Geomorphology
Jennifer Anderson, Winona State University
This is a laboratory exercise to introduce comparative planetary geomorphology by investigating common geologic features on the Earth, Moon, and Mars. -

Wheel of... Geology!
Rebecca Teed, Wright State University-Main Campus
This quiz game is intended to help students review for an upcoming exam. Topics of questions are randomly determined by spinning a wheel. Teams answer questions using electronic CPS handhelds. -

Know Your Neighbors--researching the planets
Kathie Kelly
Utilizing online and traditional resources students will collect data on planets and moons in our solar system. Working collaboratively students will generate a spreadsheet of the data. After verifying one ...

Laboratory Activity: The Sun and Climate
Peter Selkin, University of Washington, Tacoma
In this physical geography lab, students examine the relationship between solar altitude, solar declination, and temperature regimes. Using data collected in the field, mathematical relationships, and temperature records available on the Internet, students compare the insolation and climate in their location to that of other locations.

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