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Timing of mineralization in the palm of your hand: Cross-cutting relations, copper minerals and ore-forming hydrothermal fluid evolution
Barb Dutrow, Louisiana State University
This lab is designed to familiarize students with the geologic history of an ore-deposit, deciphered in the palm of your hand. By determining cross cutting relations of veins and mineralogy, students decipher the ...

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Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Processes, Geochemistry, Igneous Associations and Tectonic Settings, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geoscience:Geology, Geology:Geochemistry:Aqueous Solutions, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria

Earthquake Epicenter Location Exercise using Google Earth and OneNote
Jeffrey Nunn, Louisiana State University
Students are provided with data from 4 seismograms which are used to plot the epicenter of an earthquake using OneNote to pick the P-S wave arrival gap and Google Earth to plot the circles which intersect at the ...

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

Downloading Earthquake Data from the USGS Earthquake Hazards Site for Anywhere in the World and Studying it Using ArcGIS
Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College
Students download earthquake data from the USGS Earthquake Hazards website and plot and anlyze the earthquakes using ArcMap and ArcScene.

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

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

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

Determining Mantle Temperature and Composition from Discontinuities
Anna Courtier, James Madison University
This pair of activities uses observations of mantle discontinuity structure to examine mantle heterogeneity and differences in the depth extent of melt sources for ridges and "hotspots." The first ...

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Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Geophysics:Tectonophysics

Finding the Moho under Milwaukee
Vince Cronin, Baylor University
A seismogram was recorded at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee by Keith Sverdrup during the explosive demolition of a section of the nearby Hoan Bridge on December 28, 2000. The explosive demolition and ...

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Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Seismology

Scientific debate: Mantle plumes
Brennan Jordan, University of South Dakota
A structured format for a debate of the mantle plume hypothesis and alternative hypotheses with supporting materials.

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Subject: Geology: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodynamics, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

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



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