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Plate tectonics summary paper

YoungHee Kim, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

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The assignment is to summarize papers that students have been individually reading about their study areas which were assigned in the beginning of the course semester. From this assignment students can be familiarize with the linux system and know how to execute scripts to make plots.



Undergraduate upper division class (anticipating students less than 20 people)
Introductory geology course

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Students are assumed to read the relevant scientific articles and have been familiarized with linux system to plot the GMT scripts.

How the activity is situated in the course

This is similar to final project. Students will need to put things together and to write a scientific paper before the final exam. In this process, students can also prepare for the final exam.


Content/concepts goals for this activity

plate tectonics of the region
seismicity in response to plate motions

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

synthesis of ideas
critical evaluation of other models

Other skills goals for this activity

scientific writing

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Teaching Notes and Tips


I plan to grade them and hand back to students before final exam.

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