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Is the New Madrid Seismic Zone at risk for a large earthquake?
Eliza Richardson, Penn State
In this lesson we discuss the controversy regarding the extent of seismic risk in the central United States today. We learn how to estimate earthquake recurrence interval using a variety of methods. This lesson ...

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Subject: Geology: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Regional Structural/Tectonic Activity, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics

Geologic Mapping Exercise
Andrew Smith, Vincennes University
This exercise is designed to simulate some of the mapping aspects of a basic geological investigation. This mock geological investigation is a good wrap-up exercise because it incorporates a variety of geological ...

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Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology, Geoscience:Hydrology, Geology:Structural Geology, Sedimentary Geology

Guided Reading of Scientific Journal Articles
Carol Ormand, Carleton College
This is a sequence of assignments for my Structural Geology course that guides students through the process of critically reading and analyzing scientific journal articles. For each article, I outline the general ...

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Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Stress/Strain/Strain Analysis, Regional Structural/Tectonic Activity, Geoscience:Geology, Geology:Structural Geology:Folds/Faults/Ductile Shear Zones, Microstructures, Deformation Mechanisms, Fabrics, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics

Aerial photo interpretation and mapping - Bayou Meda anticline, Arkansas
Jamey Jones, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Multi-day project using aerial photography and field observation to map and interpret a megascopic anticline/syncline pair exposed in the Ouachita Mountains of central Arkansas. This exercise involves two classroom ...

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Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology, Geology:Structural Geology

Global Earthquakes: Teaching about Earthquakes with Data and 3D Visualizations
Cara Harwood, University of California-Davis
In this series of visualizations and accompanying activities, students visualize the distribution and magnitude of earthquakes and explore their distribution at plate boundaries. Earthquakes are visualized on a 3D ...

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Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics, Structural Geology:Regional Structural/Tectonic Activity

Visualizing Global Earthquakes Where and Why do Earthquakes Occur?
Cara Harwood, University of California-Davis
In this activity students visualize the distribution and magnitude of earthquakes at and below the surface of Earth and how their distribution is related to plate boundaries. Earthquakes are visualized on a 3D ...

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Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Regional Structural/Tectonic Activity, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics, Tectonics

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:Geomorphology:Tectonic Geomorphology, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geophysics:Geodesy, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Associations and Tectonic Settings

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 ...

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

Mapping extensional crack arrays in asphalt as normal fault system physical analogues
John Weber, Grand Valley State University
Students map extensional crack arrays in asphalt, at full-scale, using long pieces of inexpensive craft paper and markers, map the connections between individual cracks in the arrays, and study (descriptively) ...

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Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Microstructures, Deformation Mechanisms, Fabrics, Geoscience:Geology

Guided Discovery and Scoring Rubric for Petrographic Analysis of a Thin Section
Dave Mogk, Montana State University-Bozeman
A guided discovery approach is used to "unpack" the methods and observations used by "master" petrographers in the petrographic analysis of a thin section. A series of spread sheets are used to ...

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Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Phase Equilibria/Thermodynamics, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Sedimentary Geology, Education:Assessment:Rubric, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Optical Mineralogy, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Microstructures, Deformation Mechanisms, Fabrics

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