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Cascadia Great Earthquake and Tsunami Suite
Michael Mayhew, National Science Foundation;
Michael Mayhew and Michelle Hall, Science Education Solutions Summary The Cascadia Earthquakes and Tsunami Suite contains five case studies organized around understanding the potential for large earthquakes and ...

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Subject: Geology: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Seismology, Geography:Geospatial, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards:Tsunami, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics

Northridge: A Case Study of an Urban Earthquake
Michael Mayhew, National Science Foundation;
Michael Mayhew and Michelle Hall, Science Education Solutions Summary The 1994 Northridge Earthquake Case Study explores the mystery of how such a major fault could have been missed within a tectonic basin that is ...

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Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Seismology, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geography:Geospatial, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes

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 ...

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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 ...

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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

Exercise on the Mesozoic/Cenozoic Development of the North American Cordillera
Steven Wojtal, Oberlin College
This assignment is intended to have students use the map reading skills they have learned in previous labs and their understanding of the lower crust and upper mantle derived from classroom lectures and ...

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Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics, Structural Geology:Structural Visualizations, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Associations and Tectonic Settings, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geophysics:Seismology, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Regional Structural/Tectonic Activity

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 ...

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

Earthquake Investigation Workshop: Shake, Rattle, & Rock
Daniel Murray, University of Rhode Island
This workshop is part of an NSF-funded effort to provide professional development to STEM teachers in Rhode Island. In this activity, students will make "earthquakes" using a simple model, the earthquake ...

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Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Seismology

Determining Earthquake Recurrence Intervals from Trench Logs
Patricia Cashman, University of Nevada-Reno
Trench logs of the San Andreas Fault at Pallett Creek, CA are the data base for a lab or homework assignment that teaches about relative dating, radiometric dating, fault recurrence intervals and the reasons for uncertainty in predicting geologic phenomena. Students are given a trench log that includes several fault strands and dated stratigraphic horizons. They estimate the times of faulting based on bracketing ages of faulted and unfaulted strata. They compile a table with the faulting events from the trench log and additional events recognized in nearby trenches, then calculate maximum, minimum and average earthquake recurrence intervals for the San Andreas Fault in this area. They conclude by making their own prediction for the timing of the next earthquake.

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Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Seismology, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Folds/Faults/Ductile Shear Zones, Geophysics and Structural Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology, Tectonics

Learning About Marine Sediments Using Real Data
Kristen St. John, James Madison University
This exercise set explores marine sediments using real core photos and composition data from the scientific ocean drilling programs DSDP, ODP, and IODP in an inquiry-based approach.

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Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Sediment Transport and Deposition, Depositional environments:Deep Marine Environment, Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks, Geoscience:Oceanography:Physical , Marine Geology and Geophysics, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics, Sedimentary Geology:Techniques of Sedimentary Geology

Structural Geology 'Research' Conference
Julie Willis, Brigham Young University-Idaho
In this assignment students read and discuss a peer-reviewed journal article and prepare for and attend our class 'research' conference. In the conference they present on an area of current research as ...

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Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Joints/Fractures, Microstructures, Deformation Mechanisms, Fabrics, Rheology/Behavior of Materials, Modeling Structural Processes, Folds/Faults/Ductile Shear Zones, Stress/Strain/Strain Analysis, Structural Visualizations, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geophysics in other disciplines



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