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Teaching Activities

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SeisMac Seismogram Modeling
Michael Wysession, Washington University in St. Louis
Use the freely-downloaded "SeisMac" program on a Mac laptop to demonstrated the differences between P, S, Rayleigh and Love waves. SeisMac is a free program that instantly turns a Mac laptop into a ...

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Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Seismology

Earth Motion Monitor
Charles Ammon, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
An activity based around the display near real-time seismograms in the classroom.

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Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Tectonophysics, Seismology, Geodynamics

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 ...

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

Sea Ice Extension for the Earth as a System Learning Activity
Gary Randolph, GLOBE
The purpose is to identify global patterns and connections in environmental data contained in the GLOBE Earth Systems Poster; to connect observations made within the Earth Systems Poster to data and information at ...

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Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Hydrology:Snowpack and Snow Melt, Geoscience:Hydrology, Oceanography:Physical , Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Climate sensitivity and feedbacks, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Climate feedbacks, Environmental Science:Oceans and Coastal Resources, Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Climate feedbacks, Geoscience:Oceanography:Ocean-Climate Interactions, Marine Resources, Environmental Science, :Global Change and Climate, Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Atmospheric and oceanic circulation, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Global energy balance

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

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

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

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

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

Using Dynamic Digital Maps to Teach Petrology
Christopher D. Condit
In this session we will examine how to utilize Dynamic Digital Maps (DDMs) in undergraduate petrology courses to bring inaccessible and exciting volcanic field areas to the students in the classroom and to engage ...

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Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Volcanology, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Geochemical Analysis, Radioisotopes, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Geochemistry, Igneous Associations and Tectonic Settings, Geoscience:Geology, Geology:Tectonics, Geochemistry:Elements, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Processes



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