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

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

Emergent Models in Google Earth
Declan De Paor, Old Dominion University
This is one sample of a set of emergent models we are developing for use with Google Earth. Students use the Google Earth time-slider to lift 3D models of the subsurface into view. They can substitute their own ...

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

Geomorphology in the news
Nicole Gasparini, Tulane University of Louisiana
The activity requires students to present a current news story that has a geomorphic component. The students must relate course material to current events and society.

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Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landscape Evolution, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, Tectonic Geomorphology

Testing the Fixed-hotspot-moving-plate model
Sara Harris, University of British Columbia
Students examine hot spot tracks, magnetic inclination data, and coral data from the Hawaii-Emperor Seamount Chain to test the hypothesis that hotspots are fixed. Most students have learned somewhere that hotspots ...

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Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Magnetism/Paleomag, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics

Fault-bounded mountains and morphometric properties
Sue Swanson, Beloit College
This classroom activity is designed to help students see the utility of simple morphometric properties in fault-bounded mountain and piedmont environments. Rather than listing and describing commonly used ...

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Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geomorphology:Tectonic Geomorphology

Drainage Basins Field Lab
Jeff Marshall, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
This field activity and follow-up assignment explores the geomorphology of drainage basins in an active tectonic setting. It introduces basic concepts of drainage basin structure and landscape analysis using ...

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Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Hillslopes, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landscape Evolution, Tectonic Geomorphology, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geomorphology:GIS/Mapping/Field Techniques, Landforms/Processes:Fluvial

Geophysics of the News
Laurie Brown, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
The is a project to present. both orally and written, information on the Plate Tectonics setting of a geographic region in the news. Emphasis is on the geophysical studies/results from the region, but plate ...

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Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geophysics:Tectonophysics

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, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology, Structural Geology:Geophysics and Structural Geology

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:Tectonics, Structural Geology:Regional Structural/Tectonic Activity

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