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An Assessment of Hillslope Stability Using the Factor of Safety
Laura Moore, Oberlin College
In this homework assignment students are asked to consider the balance of forces on a hill slope using the Factor of Safety.
Plate Tectonics as Expressed in Geological Landforms and Events
Jeff Ryan, University of South Florida-St. Petersburg
This activity seeks to have students analyze global data sets on earthquake and volcano distributions toward identifying major plate boundary types in different regions on the Earth. A secondary objective is to familiarize students with two publicly available resources for viewing and manipulating geologically-relevant geospatial data: Google Earth(TM) and GeoMapApp.
The Pet Rock Project - Developing Professional Communication in a Petrology Course
Darrell Henry, Professor of Geology and Geophysics, Louisiana State University
Critical Review of a Journal Article: An Assessment Activity
Dave Mogk, Montana State University-Bozeman
In this exercise students do a formal review of a journal article using review criteria established for the Geological Society of America Bulletin or American Mineralogist. The quality of the students' ...
Carbon Footprint Exercise
Cinzia Cervato, Iowa State University
We designed a three-step assignment for students in introductory geoscience that asks them to calculate their carbon footprint during one specific week. The goal of the assignment is to increase student awareness ...
Historical Earthquakes and Uplift/Subsidence of Sumatra from Coral Growth Rings -- Advanced Version
Elisabeth Nadin, University of Alaska Fairbanks
In this lab, students will use data from real corals collected in Sumatra to track the sea-level and earthquake record of the region over the past century.
A Geologic Safari of the East African Rift and the Newark Basin: Why these areas are more alike than you know
Margaret Benoit, College of New Jersey, The
This activity explores the similarity and differences between the Newark Rift Basin and East African Rift.
From Ocean Topography to Flexural Rigidity
Andrew Newman, Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
Students will use the available bathymetric datasets to test the utility of a flexural rigidity model of oceanic crust.
Natural Gas and the Marcellus Shale
Sid Halsor, Wilkes Community College
This homework problem introduces students to the Marcellus shale natural gas play and how an unconventional reservoir rock can become an attractive hydrocarbon target.
Steven Semken, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
In this lesson-opening activity, students or groups are tasked to make concept sketches that track the source of electrical power as far back as they can conceive. The concept sketches reveal students' prior ...
Evaluating the Effects of Local Energy Resource Development
Devin Castendyk, SUNY College at Oneonta
This is a semester-long, jigsaw project for a class of 20 to 25 students that has students work in teams to explore the effects of energy resource development on local water resources, economics and society.
Energy Gallery Walk
Katharine Ellis, Front Range Community College
This is a cooperative learning activity using the Gallery Walk Strategy (strategy from the Starting Point Gallery Walk web pages) to enrich student understanding of the complex nature of solving our nation's ...
Energy and the Poor - Black Carbon in Developing Nations
Anne Hall, Emory University
In this activity, students will explore impacts of the use of wood, dung and charcoal in developing countries for fuel, producing black carbon. In-class discussion will generate a list of several broad topics, ...
Creature Features - Showcase of Living Fossils
David Sunderlin, Lafayette College
This activity connects the fossil record to biodiversity in the Recent by having students present on a "living fossil" group. The exercise is useful in demonstrating evolutionary stasis, reminding ...
James Ebert, SUNY College at Oneonta
This activity gives students practice in identifying fossils in the context of assemblages and allows them to make paleoecological interpretations.
The Fidelity of the Fossil Record: Using Preservational Characteristics of Fossils within an Assemblage to Interpret the Relative State of Spatial and Temporal Fidelity
Michael Savarese, Florida Gulf Coast University
This exercise introduces students to the concept of temporal and spatial fidelity, to the different types of fossil assemblages, and how the taphonomic characteristics of an assemblage can be used to assess the ...
A tour of the Mariana Subduction System
Andrew Goodliffe, University of Alabama, The
This lesson presents a brief tour of the Mariana subduction system, an active continental margin in the west Pacific.
From Grid to Home
Lisa Gardiner, National Center for Atmospheric Research; Marie Johnson, United States Military Academy; Jonathan Hoffman, University of Wyoming
This one-period classroom activity is designed to have students analyze energy use, cost, and source patterns from household to regional scales and relate these patterns to CO2 emissions. This idea was generated at ...
Layer Cake Geology
Molly Ward, Museum of the Rockies
This activity visually introduces students to the idea of geologic time and the correlation between time, rock layers and fossils. It uses the familiar, relevant example of cake but teaches important concepts such ...
Measuring Dinosaur Speed from Trackways
Bret Bennington, Hofstra University
This activity demonstrates how measurements taken from fossil trackways can be used to estimate the speed at which extinct animals were moving when they made the trackways, providing students the opportunity to ...