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Teaching Activities

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Equation Dictionary
Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, Western Washington University
The equation dictionary is an expansion of the traditional notecard that students bring to equation-based tests. It requires them to provide a prose explanation for the processes described by an equation as well as ...

Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Exploration Methods:Refraction, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodynamics, Magnetism/Paleomag, Seismology, Exploration Methods:Reflection, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Gravity

Density structure of the earth from mass and moment of inertia
Donald Forsyth, Brown University
Using mass and moment of inertia as constraints, students construct density models of the whole earth. This activity uses concepts from physics, multi-dimensional calculus, and linear algebra, and also reinforces ...

Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Seismology, Geodesy, Gravity

Exercise 8: Using LiDAR and GPS data to model the water table in ArcScene
Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College
Barbara and David Tewksbury, Hamilton College Tutorial for using the new LiDAR tools (LAS dataset and LAS toolbar) in ArcGIS 10.1 (Acrobat (PDF) 13.8MB Nov6 13). Same LiDAR Tutorial as a Word doc (Microsoft Word ...

Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Geography:Geospatial

Recognizing and mapping faults using lidar and field data
Anne Egger, Central Washington University
In this activity, students create a geologic map and cross-section of the Fish Springs cinder cone and surrounding area in the Owens Valley, CA, using a high-resolution DEM developed from airborne lidar data as a ...

Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Folds/Faults/Ductile Shear Zones, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Associations and Tectonic Settings, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geophysics:Geodesy, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Tectonic Geomorphology

Taking the Pulse of Yellowstone's
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO
In this activity, students learn about volcanism in Yellowstone National Park, focusing on its history of eruption, recent seismicity, hydrothermal events, and ground deformation. They learn how scientists monitor ...

Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics, Geophysics:Geodesy, Seismology

Where is that chunk of crust going?
Vince Cronin, Baylor University
I introduce students to GPS, frames of reference, and the permanent GPS stations in the EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO) in class, and obtain near-real-time data for two stations from UNAVCO. We use ...

Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Structural Geology:Regional Structural/Tectonic Activity

Interseismic deformation: Crustal deformation between large earthquakes
Shimon Wdowinski, University of Miami
This assignment is based on real geodetic data measured in central California across the San Andreas Fault. It will get the students acquainted with geodetic observations, basic data analysis methods, and ...

Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Tectonophysics

In-situ Density from Gravity by Nettleton
Scott White, University of South Carolina-Columbia
This activity develops students' understanding of gravity data corrections and density estimates by using a gravimeter to collect data and then interpret this data to find an estimate for the local bulk ...

Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Gravity

Estimating GPS Positional Error
Bill Witte, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Very simply and directly determine the x, y, z accuracy of the various GPS receivers using a simple method that doesn't use a lot of quantitative statistics and yields a gut-level sense of the accuracy of ...

Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy

Estimating Valley Fill Thickness with a Gravity Survey
Bill Witte, University of Alaska Fairbanks
We will make a gravity traverse of the Goldstream valley to determine the thickness of the valley fill. The exercise will take ~ 4hrs, working in two teams all students will get to function in each of the survey ...

Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Gravity, Exploration Methods, Geodesy