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Conjugate Fractures form in Clay part of Activities
Paul Kelso, Lake Superior State University
Pottery clay deformed by uniaxial compression, with a standard hydraulic rock trimmer, produces conjugate fractures at approximately 30 degrees to sigma 1. This activity allows students to observe fracturing and ...

Laboratory Exercise: What Controls Rheology? part of Activities
Dyanna Czeck, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
In order to understand the factors that control rock rheology, students conduct a series of activities with analogue materials. The activities are compared to real examples from the field and deformation ...

Normal Faults in Sand in a Shoe Box part of Activities
Betsy Torrez, Sam Houston State University
Students use sandbox models to investigate the characteristics of normal faults and parameters that influence their development; students gain practice in analytical thinking and synthesis of observations into ...

Cracking and Crumbling: Exploring Mechanisms of Dike Emplacement part of Activities
Phil Resor, Wesleyan University
Students explore the shape of basaltic dikes intruded into shale near Shiprock, New Mexico using published maps and a simple mechanical model. Students get practice in making quantitative measurements, evaluating ...

Thermal Exhumation Model part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
Steve Hurst, University of Illinois at Chicago
Build a one-dimensional thermal model in STELLA of rock uplift. Determine how the speed of uplift affects the geotherm and why uplift rates determined from heat flow are often too high. The model demonstrates the ...

Viscous Buckle Folding part of Activities
Phil Resor, Wesleyan University
This activity introduces students to viscous flow and analog modeling of viscous buckle folding. Students perform a series of experiments to explore the relationship between layer thickness and fold wavelength. -

Evolution of Normal Fault Systems During Progressive Deformation part of Activities
Bob Burger, Smith College
This activity is based on QuickTime movies and color digital photographs derived from sandbox experiments that produce normal faults in a variety of boundary conditions following experiments developed by Ken ...

Looking into Earth with GIS part of Earth Exploration Toolbook:Seismic Wave Velocity
Carla McAuliffe; David Smith, GLOBE; Marianne Weingroff, NCAR/UCAR
DATA: Seismic Wave Model Output. TOOLS: My World GIS, Microsoft Excel. SUMMARY: Examine seismic wave data in a Geographic Information System (GIS). Analyze wave velocities to infer the depth of the crust-mantle boundary.

Google Earth Introduction to Canadian Cordillera part of Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Katherine Boggs, Mount Royal University
This exercise is intended to: i) give students an introduction to Google Earth, ii) guide the students through various geological structures using Google Earth, and iii) serve as an introduction to the key features ...

Lab 2: Attitude Calculations and Play-Dough part of Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Kyle Fredrick, California University of Pennsylvania
This is the second assignment of the semester, but sets up the entire focus for the course. There is an introductory problem set from the Marshak and Mitra text, which will help the students develop work habits for ...

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